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LEARN FROM THE GREAT TEACHER

LEARN FROM THE

Let the young children


come to me.

GREAT TEACHER

Luke 18:16.

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Let the young children come to me,
and do not try to stop them.

Luke 18:16.

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WH AT CHILDREN NEED FROM PARENTS

ALL parents participate in an event that is beyond full human understanding. They each
contribute a part of themselves. As a result,
what develops within the mother is a fully formed living person. It is not surprising,
therefore, that when a baby is born, people
speak of the event as the miracle of birth.
Of course, producing children is
only the beginning of the responsibility of parents. At rst, human babies
are almost entirely dependent, but as
they grow, they need more than physical attention. They need help to develop mentally, emotionally, morally, and
spiritually.
To realize wholesome development, children especially need the love
of parents. Although verbal expressions of love are important, actions
need to back up the words. Yes, children need a good parental example.
They need moral guidance, principles by which to live. And they need
these from their tender years on. Heartbreaking things can and do
happen when children do not receive help until it is too late.

The best principles that can be found anywhere are those found
in the Bible. Instruction based on the Bible has unique advantages.
Through such instruction, children come to realize that what they are
being told is, not what some human says, but what their Creator, their
heavenly Father, says. This gives the counsel strength that cannot be
equaled.
The Bible encourages parents to work hard to impress right principles on the minds of their children. As children grow older, however,
parents often nd it dicult to talk with them about things that matter

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the most. This book, Learn From the Great Teacher, is designed to help
prevent such a situation from developing. It will provide you and your
children with spiritual material to read together. But more than that,
it should stimulate conversation between young ones and those who
read this book with them.

You will notice that the book calls for a response on the part of children. Many well-placed questions are provided in the printed material.
When you come to these, you will see a dash (). This is a reminder to
pause and encourage the child to express himself. Children like to be
involved. Without that involvement, a child will quickly lose interest.
More important, though, these questions will help you to learn what
is on the childs mind. True, the child may come out with answers that
are not correct. But the printed material that follows each question is
designed to help the child to develop wholesome patterns of thinking.
A special feature of the book is its more than 230 pictures. Most of
these have captions that call for a response from the child, based on
what he sees and has read. So review the pictures with the child. They
can be a ne teaching aid that will drive home the lessons being taught.

In a way that seemed almost unimaginable a few decades ago, children are exposed to illicit sex, spiritism, and other degrading practices.
So they need protection, which this book helps to provide in a dignied
yet straightforward manner. Yet, children especially need to be directed
to the Source of all wisdom, our heavenly Father, Jehovah God. This
is what Jesus, the Great Teacher, always did. We sincerely hope that this
book will help you and your family to mold your lives so as to be
pleasing to Jehovah, to your eternal blessing.
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When the child learns to read, encourage him to read the book to you
as well as to himself. The more he reads it, the more its good counsel
will be impressed on his mind and heart. But to strengthen the bonds
of aection and respect between you and your child, by all means read
the book together, and do it regularly.

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CONTENTS

Chapter

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1 Why Jesus Was a Great Teacher

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2 A Letter From a Loving God

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3 The One Who Made All Things

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4 God Has a Name

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5 This Is My Son

32

6 The Great Teacher Served Other People

37

7 Obedience Protects You

42

8 Others Are Higher Than We Are

47

9 We Need to Resist Temptations

52

10 Jesus Power Over the Demons

57

11 Help From Gods Angels

62

12 Jesus Teaches Us to Pray

67

13 Those Who Became Jesus Disciples

72

14 Why We Should Forgive

77

15 A Lesson on Being Kind

82

16 What Is Truly Important?

87

17 The Way to Be Happy

92

18 Do You Remember to Say Thank You?

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19 Is It Right to Fight? 102


20 Do You Always Want to Be First? 107

21 Should We Brag About Anything? 112


22 Why We Should Not Lie 117
23 The Reason People Get Sick 122
24 Never Become a Thief! 127

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25 Can Those Who Do Bad Things Change? 132

26 Why It Is Hard to Do Good 137


27 Who Is Your God? 142
28 How to Know Whom to Obey 147
29 Do All Parties Please God? 152
30 Help to Overcome Our Fears 157
31 Where to Find Comfort 162
32 How Jesus Was Protected 167
33 Jesus Can Protect Us 172
34 What Will Happen if We Die? 177
35 We Can Wake Up From Death! 182
36 Who Will Be Resurrected? Where Will They Live? 187
37 Remembering Jehovah and His Son 192
38 Why We Should Love Jesus 197
39 God Remembers His Son 202
40 How to Make God Happy 207
41 Children Who Make God Happy 212
42 Why We Need to Work 217
43 Who Are Our Brothers and Sisters? 222
44 Our Friends Should Love God 227
46 Water Destroys a WorldWill It Happen Again? 238
47 How We Can Tell Armageddon Is Near 244
48 Gods Peaceful New WorldYou Can Live There 250
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45 What Is Gods Kingdom? How to Show We Want It 232

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WHY JESUS WAS


A GREAT TEACHER

ORE than two thousand years ago, a very special child


was born who grew up to become the greatest man
who ever lived. No one living way back then had airplanes or automobiles. There were no such things as televisions,
computers, and the Internet.
The child was given the name Jesus. He became the wisest
man ever to walk the earth. Jesus also became the best teacher.
He would explain dicult things in ways that made them easy
to understand.
Jesus taught people everywhere he met them. He taught them
at the seashore and on boats. He taught them in homes and
when traveling. Jesus did not have a car, nor did he travel by bus
or train. Jesus walked from place to place, teaching people.
We learn many things from other people. But we can learn
the most important things from the Great Teacher, Jesus. It is
in the Bible that Jesus words are found. When we hear those
words from the Bible, it is just as if Jesus were talking to us.
Why was Jesus such a Great Teacher? One reason is that Jesus
himself had been taught. And he knew how important it is
to listen. But to whom did Jesus listen? Who taught him?
His Father did. And Jesus Father is God.
Before coming to earth as a man, Jesus lived in heaven with
God. So Jesus was dierent from other men because no other
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man lived in heaven before being born on earth. In heaven Jesus


had been a good Son, one who listened to his Father. Jesus was
therefore able to teach people what he had learned from God.
By listening to your father and mother, you can copy Jesus.
Another reason why Jesus was a Great Teacher is that he
loved people. He wanted to help people learn about God. Jesus
loved grown-ups, but he loved children too. And children liked
to be with Jesus because he would talk to them and listen
to them.
Why did children
like to be with Jesus?

One day some


parents brought their
young children to Jesus.
But his friends thought
that the Great Teacher was too
busy to speak with little children.
So they told them to go away. But what did Jesus say?
Jesus said: Let the young children come to me; do not try
to stop them. Yes, Jesus wanted the young children to come to
him. So even though he was a very wise and important man,
Jesus took time to teach little children.Mark 10:13, 14.
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Do you know why Jesus taught children and listened to


them? One reason is that he wanted to make them happy by
telling them things about God, his heavenly Father. How can
you make people happy? By telling them things that you have
learned about God.
One time, Jesus used a little child to teach His friends an
important lesson. He took the child and stood him in the middle of His disciples, who were His followers. Then Jesus said
that these grown men must change their ways and become like
this little one.
What did Jesus mean when he said that? Do you know how
a grown man, or even a little older child, should become like
a small child? Well, a small child does not know as much as
an older person and is willing to learn. So Jesus was saying that
his disciples need to be humble, as small children are. Yes, we
can all learn many things from other people. And we should all
realize that the teachings of Jesus are more important
than our own ideas.Matthew 18:1-5.
Another reason why Jesus was such a
Great Teacher is that he knew how to
make things interesting to people. He
explained things in a simple, clear way.
He spoke about birds and owers and
other ordinary things to help people
understand about God.
What lesson can older children and
grown-ups learn from a small child?

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What lesson was Jesus teaching


when he spoke of birds and owers?

One day when Jesus was on a mountainside, many people


came to him. Jesus sat down and gave a talk, or sermon, to them,
as you can see here. This talk is called the Sermon on the
Mount. He said: Look at the birds in the sky. They do not plant
seed. They do not store food in houses. But God in heaven feeds
them. Are you not worth more than they are?
Jesus also said: Take a lesson from the lilies of the eld. They
grow without working. And see how beautiful they are! Even
rich King Solomon was not dressed more beautifully than the
lilies of the eld. So if God takes care of the owers that grow,
will he not also take care of you?Matthew 6:25-33.
Do you understand the lesson Jesus was teaching? He did
not want us to worry about where we would get food to eat or
clothes to put on. God knows that we need all those things.
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Jesus did not say that we should not work for food and clothing.
But he said that we should put God rst. If we do that, God will
see to it that we have food to eat and clothing to wear. Do you
believe that?
When Jesus nished talking, what did the people think?
The Bible says that they were amazed at his way of teaching.
It was very interesting to listen to him. What he said helped
people to do what is right.Matthew 7:28.

This is my Son . . .
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W H Y J E S US WA S A G RE AT T E AC H E R

So it is very important that we learn from Jesus. Do you know


how we can do that? Well, we have his sayings written in
a book. Do you know what that book is? It is the Holy Bible.
This means we can listen to Jesus by paying attention to the
things that we read in the Bible. In fact, the Bible has an exciting story about how God himself told us to listen to Jesus.
Lets see what happened.
One day Jesus took three of his friends high up into a mountain. Their names were James, John, and Peter. We will learn
a lot more about these men later on, since all three of them were
close friends of Jesus. But on this special occasion, Jesus face
began to shine brightly. And his clothes became as brilliant
as light, as you can see here.
Afterward, a voice from heaven was heard by Jesus and his
friends. It said: This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have
approved; listen to him. (Matthew 17:1-5) Do you know whose
voice that was? It was Gods voice! Yes, it was God who said
that they should listen to his Son.
What about us today? Will we obey God and listen to his
Son, the Great Teacher? That is what we all need to do.
Do you remember how we can do that?
Yes, we can listen to Gods Son by reading the Bible accounts
of his life. There are many wonderful things that the Great
Teacher has to tell us. You will enjoy learning these things that
are written in the Bible. And it will also bring you happiness
if you tell your friends the good things you learn.
For more ne thoughts about the good things that come from listening to
Jesus, open your Bible and read John 3:16; 8:28-30; and Acts 4:12.
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A LETTER FROM A LOVING GOD

ELL me, which book do you like best of all? Some


children would pick one that tells about animals. Others would choose a book with lots of pictures in it. It
can be fun to read those books.
But the best books in all the world are the ones that tell us
the truth about God. One of those books is more precious than
all the others. Do you know which one it is? The Bible.
Why is the Bible so important? Because it came from God.
It tells us about him and about the good things that he will do
for us. And it shows us what we should do in order to please
him. It is like a letter from God.
Now God could have written the whole Bible in heaven and
then given it to man. But he didnt. Even though the ideas came
from God, he used his servants on earth to do most of the
writing of the Bible.
How did God do that? To understand how, consider this.
When we hear the voice of someone on the radio, the voice may
come from a person who is far away. When we watch television,
we can even see pictures of people in other countries of the
world, and we can hear what they are saying.
Men can even go all the way to the moon in their spaceships,
and they can send messages back to the earth from there. Did
you know that? If men can do that, can God send messages
from heaven? Of course he can! And he did it long before
men had radio or television.
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Moses was a man who actually heard God speak. Moses could
not see God, but he could hear Gods voice. Millions of people
were there when this happened. In fact, on that day God caused
a whole mountain to shake, and there was thunder and lightning. The people knew that God had spoken, but they were
very scared. So they told Moses: Let not God speak with us for
fear we may die. Later, Moses wrote down the things that
God had said. And what Moses wrote is in the Bible.Exodus
20:18-21.
Moses wrote the rst ve books of the Bible. But he was not
the only one who wrote. God used about 40 men to write parts
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of the Bible. These men lived a long, long time ago, and it took
many years for the Bible to be nished. Yes, it took a period
of about 1,600 years! What is amazing is that even though some
of these men never met one another, everything they wrote
is in absolute agreement.
Some men who were used by God to write the Bible were
famous. Although Moses had been a shepherd, he became the
leader of the nation of Israel. Solomon was a king who was both
the wisest and the richest man in the world. But other writers
were not so well-known. Amos took care of trees that grew gs.
In addition, one Bible writer was a medical doctor. Do you
know his name? It was Luke. Another writer had been a tax
collector. His name was Matthew. Still another had been a lawyer, an expert in Jewish religious law. He wrote more books of
the Bible than anyone else. Do you know his name? It was
Paul. And Jesus disciples Peter and John, who also were Bible
writers, had been shermen.
Many of these Bible writers wrote about things that God was
going to do in the future. How did they know those things
before they even happened? God had given those men the
information. He had told them what would happen.
By the time that Jesus, the Great Teacher, was on earth, a big
part of the Bible had been written. Now, remember, the Great
Teacher had been in heaven. He knew what God had done. Did
he believe that the Bible was from God? Yes, he did.
When Jesus talked to people about the works of God, he
read from the Bible. Sometimes he told them from memory
what it said. Jesus also brought us more information from God.
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Jesus said: The very things I heard from him


I am speaking in the world. (John 8:26) Jesus
had heard many things from God because he
had lived with God. And where can we read
those things that Jesus said? In the Bible.
It was all written down for us to read.
Of course, when God used
men to write, they wrote
in the language that they
used every day. So most of
the Bible was written in
Hebrew, some in Aramaic,
and a lot of it in Greek.
Since most people today do
not know how to read those
languages, the Bible has been
put into other languages. Today
parts of the Bible can be read in over
2,260 languages. Just think of that! The
Bible is Gods letter to people everywhere. But no matter how many
times it has been copied,
the message is from God.
What are the
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What the Bible says is important for us. It was written a long
time ago. But it tells about things that are happening today.
And it tells us what God is going to do in the near future.
What it says is exciting! It gives us a wonderful hope.
The Bible also tells us how God wants us to live. It tells us
what is right and what is wrong. You need to know this,
and so do I. It tells us about people who did bad
things and what happened to them, so that
we can avoid the trouble they had. It
also tells us about people who did
right and the good results that
came to them. It was all written down for our good.
But to get the most out of
the Bible, we need to know
the answer to a question. The
question is this: Who gave us the
What things can you learn
Bible? What would you say? Yes,
from reading the Bible?
the whole Bible is from God. How,
then, can we show that we are really wise? By listening to God
and by doing what he says.
So we need to take time to read the Bible together. When we
get a letter from someone we love very much, we read it again
and again. It is precious to us. That is the way the Bible should
be to us because it is a letter from the One who loves us most.
It is a letter from a loving God.
Take a few more minutes now to read these scriptures that show that
the Bible truly is Gods Word, written for our benet: Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; and 2 Peter 1:20, 21.
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THE ONE WHO MADE


ALL THINGS

KNOW something wonderful. Would you like to hear it?


Look at your hand. Bend your ngers. Now pick
something up. Your hand can do
many things, and it can do them well.
Do you know who made our hands?
Yes, it was the same One who made
our mouth, our nose, and our eyes. It
was God, the Father of the Great Teacher. Arent we glad that God gave us
eyes? We can see many things with
them. We can look at owers. We can
look at the green grass and the blue sky.
We may even see hungry little birds like
the ones in the picture. Really, it is marvelous that we can see things like this,
Who made all
isnt it?
living things?

But who made these things? Did some man


make them? No. Men can make a house. But no man can make
grass that grows. Men cannot make a baby bird, a ower, or any
other living thing. Did you know that?
God is the one who made all these things. God made the
heavens and the earth. He made people too. He created the
rst man and the rst woman. Jesus, the Great Teacher, taught
this.Matthew 19:4-6.
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Since someone made the house, who made


the owers, the trees, and the animals?

How did Jesus know that God made man and woman?
Did Jesus see God do it? Yes, he did. Jesus was with God
when God made man and woman. Jesus was the rst person
that God made. Jesus was an angel, and he lived in heaven with
his Father.
The Bible tells us that God said: Let us make man. (Genesis 1:26) Do you know whom God was talking to? He was
talking to his Son. He was talking to the one who later came
to earth and became Jesus.
Isnt that exciting? Just think! When we listen to Jesus,
we are being taught by the one who was with God when God
made the earth and all other things. Jesus learned much from
working with his Father in heaven. No wonder Jesus is the
Great Teacher!
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Do you think that God was unhappy about being alone


before he made his Son? No, he wasnt. Well, if he was not
unhappy, why did he make other living things? He did this
because he is a God of love. He wanted others to live and enjoy
life. We should thank God that he gave us life.
Everything that God has done shows his love. God made the
sun. The sun gives us light and keeps us warm. Everything
would be cold and there would be no life on earth if we did not
have the sun. Arent you glad that God made the sun?
God makes it rain too. Sometimes you may not like the rain
because you cant go outside to play when it rains. But the rain
helps the owers to grow. So when we see beautiful owers,
whom are we going to thank for them? God. And to whom
should we give thanks when we eat fruits and vegetables that
taste good? We should thank God because it is his sun and
rain that make things grow.
Suppose that someone asks you, Did God make man and the
animals too? What would you say? It is correct to say: Yes,
God made man and the animals. But what if someone does
not believe that God really made humans? What if he or she
says that man came from animals? Well, the Bible does not
teach that. It says that God created all living things.Genesis
1:26-31.
But someone may tell you that he does not believe in God.
What will you say then? Why not point to a
house? Ask the person: Who made that house?
Everyone knows that someone had to
make it. The house certainly did not
make itself!Hebrews 3:4.
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Then take the person to a garden and show him a ower.


Ask him: Who made this? No man did. And just as the house
did not make itself, so this ower did not make itself either.
Someone made it. God did.
Ask the person to stop and listen to the song of a bird. Then
ask him: Who made the birds and taught them to sing? God
did. God is the one who made the heavens and the earth and
all living things! He is the One who gives life.
Yet, someone may say that he believes only what he can see.
He may say: If I cant see it, I dont believe it. So some people
say they dont believe in God because they cant see him.
It is true that we cannot see God. The Bible says: No man
can see God. No man, woman, or child on earth can see God.
So no one should try to make a picture or an image of God.
God even tells us not to make an image of him. So, then, it
would not please God for us to have things like that in our
house.Exodus 20:4, 5; 33:20; John 1:18.
But if you cannot see God, how do you know that there
really is a God? Think about this. Can you see the wind? No.
Nobody can see the wind. But you can see the things the wind
does. You can see the leaves move when the wind blows through
the branches of a tree. So you believe that there is wind.
You can see the things God has done too. When you see a
living ower or a bird, you see something that God has made.
So you believe that there really is a God.
Someone might ask you, Who made the sun and the earth?
The Bible says: God created the heavens and the earth.
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(Genesis 1:1) Yes, God made all these wonderful things! How
do you feel about that?
Isnt it wonderful to be alive? We can hear the beautiful songs
of the birds. We can see the owers and the other things that
God has made. And we can eat the foods that God has given us.
For all these things, we should thank God. Most of all, we
should thank him for giving us life. If we are really thankful
to God, we will do something. What is that? We will listen
to God, and we will do what he tells us in the Bible. In that way
we can show that we love the One who made all things.
We should show appreciation to God for all that he has done. How?
Read what is written at Psalm 139:14 (138:14, Douay Version); John 4:23,
24; 1 John 5:21; and Revelation 4:11.

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GOD HAS A NAME

HAT is often the rst thing you ask someone when


you rst meet him? Yes, you ask what his name is.
We all have names. God gave the rst man on earth
a name. He named him Adam. Adams wife was named Eve.
However, it is not only people who have names. Think about
other things that also do. When someone gives you a doll or
a pet, you give it a name, dont you? Yes, having a name
is very important.
Look up at the many, many stars at night. Do you think they
have names? Yes, God gave a name to each star in the sky.
The Bible tells us: He is counting the number of the stars;
all of them he calls by their names.Psalm 147:4.
Who would you say is the most important person in the
whole universe? Yes, it is God. Do you think that he has a
name? Jesus said that He does. Jesus once said in prayer to
God: I have made your name known to my followers. (John 17:
26) Do you know Gods name? God himself tells us what it
is. He says: I am Jehovah. That is my name. So Gods name
is JEHOVAH.Isaiah 42:8.
How does it make you feel when others remember your
name? You are happy, arent you? Jehovah wants people to
know his name too. So we should use the name Jehovah when
we talk about God. The Great Teacher used Gods name, Jehovah, when he spoke to people. One time Jesus said: You must
love Jehovah your God with your whole heart.Mark 12:30.
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Jesus knew that Jehovah


is a very important name. So he
taught his followers to use Gods name.
He even taught them to speak about Gods
name in their prayers. Jesus knew that God
wants all people to know His name, Jehovah.
Long ago God showed the importance of his
name to the man Moses, who was one of the
sons of Israel. The sons of Israel, who were called
Israelites, lived in the land called Egypt. The
people of that land were known as Egyptians.
They made the Israelites slaves and were very
mean to them. When Moses grew up, he tried
to help one of his people. This made Pharaoh,
the king of Egypt, angry. He wanted to kill
Moses! So Moses ran away from Egypt.
Moses went to another land. It was
the land of Midian. There Moses got
married and began to raise a family.
Did you know that
all the stars have names?

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He also worked as a shepherd, taking care of sheep. One day


Moses was busy caring for his sheep near a mountain when he
saw an amazing thing. A thornbush was on re, but it was not
burning up! Moses went closer to get a better look.
Do you know what happened? Moses heard a voice calling
from the middle of that burning thornbush. The voice called
out, Moses! Moses! Who was saying that? It was God speaking! God had a lot of work for Moses to do. God said: Come
and let me send you to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and you
bring my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt. God promised
to help Moses do this.
But Moses said to God: Suppose I come to the sons of Israel
in Egypt and say that God sent me. What if they ask me, What
is his name? What shall I say? God told Moses to tell the sons
of Israel: Jehovah has sent me to you. Jehovah is my name forever. (Exodus 3:1-15) This shows that God was going to keep
What important thing did Moses learn
at the burning thornbush?

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the name Jehovah. He would never change it. God wanted to be


known by his name, Jehovah, forever.
When Moses went back to Egypt, the Egyptians thought that
Jehovah was just a small god of the Israelites. They did not
think that he was the God of the whole earth. So Jehovah told
the king of Egypt: I am going to make my name known in all
the earth. (Exodus 9:16) Jehovah did make his name known.
Do you know how he did that?
Well, he had Moses lead the people of Israel out of Egypt.
When they came to the Red Sea, Jehovah made a dry path
right through it. The Israelites marched safely through on
dry land. But after Pharaoh and all his army entered the dry
seabed, the waters that had been held back on both sides
fell upon the Egyptians, and they all died.
Soon people in all the earth began to hear what
Jehovah had done at the Red Sea. How do we know
they heard about it? Well, about 40 years later,
the Israelites came to Canaan, which is the land
that Jehovah had promised to give to them.
There two Israelite men were told by the
How did God make his name
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young woman Rahab: We have heard how Jehovah dried up


the waters of the Red Sea from before you when
you came out of Egypt.Joshua 2:10.
Today many people are just like those
Egyptians. They do not believe that
Jehovah is the God of the
whole earth. So Jehovah wants
his own people to tell others
about him. This is what Jesus
did. Toward the end of his life
on earth, he told Jehovah
in prayer: I have made
your name known to
them.John 17:26.
Jesus made Gods name known.
Can you point out Gods name in the Bible?

G O D H A S A N AM E

Do you want to be like Jesus? Then tell others that Gods


name is Jehovah. You may nd that many people do not know
that. So perhaps you can show them the scripture in the Bible
at Psalm 83:18. Lets get the Bible right now and nd that
scripture together. It says: That people may know that you,
whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all
the earth.
What do we learn from reading this? Yes, we learn that
Jehovah is the most important name there is. It is the name
of Almighty God, the Father of Jesus and the One who made
all things. And remember, Jesus said that we should love
Jehovah God with our whole heart. Do you love Jehovah?
How can we show that we love Jehovah? One way is by
getting to know him as a Friend. Another way is by telling others what his name is. We can show them right from the Bible
that his name is Jehovah. We can also tell about the wonderful
things Jehovah has made and the good things he has done. This
makes Jehovah very happy because he wants people to know
about him. We can have a share in doing that, cant we?
Not everyone will want to listen when we speak about Jehovah. Many people did not listen even when Jesus, the Great
Teacher, talked about Him. But that did not stop Jesus from
speaking about Jehovah.
So lets be like Jesus. Lets keep talking about Jehovah. If we
do, Jehovah God will be pleased with us because we show love
for his name.
Now read together from the Bible a few more texts showing the importance
of Gods name: Isaiah 12:4, 5; Matthew 6:9; John 17:6; and Romans 10:13.
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THIS IS MY SON

HEN children do good things, those who take care of


them are pleased. When a girl does something well,
her father is glad to be able to tell others: This is my
daughter. Or if a boy does good things, a father is happy to say:
This is my son.
Jesus always does what pleases his Father. So his Father is
proud of him. Do you remember what Jesus Father did one day
when Jesus was with three of his followers? Yes, God spoke all
the way from heaven to tell them: This is my Son, the beloved,
whom I have approved.Matthew 17:5.
Jesus is always happy to do things that please his Father. Do
you know why? Because he really loves his Father. If a person
does things only because he has to do them, this seems hard. But
when he is willing, it is easier. Do you know what it means to
be willing? It means really wanting to do something.
Even before Jesus came to earth, he was willing to do whatever his Father asked him to do. This is because he loves his
Father, Jehovah God. Jesus had a wonderful place in heaven
with his Father. But God had a special work for Jesus to do.
To do that work, Jesus had to leave heaven. He had to be born
as a baby on earth. Jesus was willing to do this because Jehovah
wanted him to do it.
To be born as a baby on earth, Jesus had to have a mother. Do
you know who she was? Her name was Mary. Jehovah sent
his angel Gabriel from heaven to talk to Mary. Gabriel told
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What did the angel Gabriel


tell Mary?

her that she was going to have a


baby boy. The baby would be
named Jesus. And who would
the babys father be? The angel said that the babys Father
would be Jehovah God. That is
why Jesus would be called the
Son of God.
How do you think Mary felt about
this? Did she say, I dont want to be
the mother of Jesus? No, Mary was ready to
do what God wanted. But how could Gods Son in heaven be
born as a baby on earth? How was Jesus birth dierent from the
birth of all other babies? Do you know?
Well, God made our rst parents, Adam and Eve, so that they
could come together in a wonderful way. Afterward, a baby
could begin to grow inside his mother. People say that this is
a miracle! Im sure you will agree.
Now God did something that was an even more wonderful
miracle. He took the life of his Son from heaven and put it
inside Mary. God had never done that before, and he has never
done it since. As a result of this miracle, Jesus began to grow
inside of Mary just as other babies grow inside of their mothers.
After that, Mary married Joseph.
When the time came for Jesus to be born, Mary and Joseph
were visiting the city of Bethlehem. But it was full of people.
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There was not even a room for Mary and Joseph, so they had to
stay in a place where animals were kept. There Mary gave birth,
and Jesus was put in a manger, as you can see here. A manger
is a place that holds feed for cows and other animals to eat.

Why is Jesus being put in a manger?

Exciting things happened on the night Jesus was born. Near


Bethlehem, an angel appeared to some shepherds. He told them
that Jesus was an important person. The angel said: Look!
I am telling you good news that will make people happy. Today
someone was born who will save the people.Luke 2:10, 11.
The angel told the shepherds that they could nd Jesus in
Bethlehem, lying in a manger. Then, suddenly, other angels in
heaven joined the rst angel in praising God. Glory to God,
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What good news has one of these


angels told the shepherds?

the angels sang, and upon earth peace


among men of goodwill.Luke 2:12-14.
When the angels left, the shepherds
went to Bethlehem and found Jesus. There
they told Joseph and Mary all the good
things they had heard. Can you imagine
how happy Mary was that she had been willing to be Jesus mother?
Later, Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the city of
Nazareth. That is where Jesus grew up. When he was
grown, he began his great teaching work. This was part
of the work Jehovah God wanted his Son to do on
earth. Jesus was willing to do that work because Jesus
loved his heavenly Father very much.

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Before Jesus started his work as the Great Teacher, he was


baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Then something amazing happened! As Jesus was coming up out of the
water, Jehovah spoke from heaven, saying: This is my Son, the
beloved, whom I have approved. (Matthew 3:17) Dont you
feel good when your parents tell you that they love you?
We can be sure that Jesus did too.
Jesus always did what was right. He did not pretend to be
someone that he was not. He did not tell people that he was
God. The angel Gabriel had told Mary that Jesus would be
called the Son of God. Jesus himself said that he was Gods Son.
And he did not tell people that he knew more than his Father.
He said: The Father is greater than I am.John 14:28.
Even in heaven, when Jesus Father gave him work to do,
Jesus did it. He did not say that he would do it but instead do
something else. He loved his Father. So he listened to what his
Father said. Then when Jesus came to the earth, he did what his
heavenly Father sent him to do. He did not spend his time
doing something else. No wonder that Jehovah is pleased with
his Son!
We want to please Jehovah too, dont we? Then we must
show that we really listen to God, as Jesus did. God speaks to
us through the Bible. It would not be right to pretend to listen
to God but then to believe and do things that are contrary
to the Bible, would it? And remember, we will be happy to
please Jehovah if we really love him.
Now read these other Bible texts that show what we need to know and
believe about Jesus: Matthew 7:21-23; John 4:25, 26; and 1 Timothy 2:5, 6.
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THE GREAT TEACHER


SERVED OTHER PEOPLE

O YOU like it when someone does something nice for


you? Well, other people like it when someone does
something nice for them too. We all do. The Great
Teacher knew that, and he was always doing
things for people. He said: I came, not to be
served, but to serve.Matthew 20:28.
So if we want to be like the Great
Teacher, what must we do? We
must serve others. We must do good
things for them. It is true that
many people do not do this. In
fact, most people always want
others to serve them. At one
time even Jesus followers felt
this way. Each one wanted to
be the greatest or the most important.

One day Jesus was traveling with


his disciples, who were his followers.
After they entered the city of Capernaum, near the Sea of Galilee, they all went inside a house. There
Jesus put the question to them: What were you arguing over on
the road? They kept quiet because on the road they had argued
among themselves about who was greater.Mark 9:33, 34.
What were Jesus
followers arguing about?

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Jesus knew that it was not right for any one of his disciples
to think that he was the greatest. So, as we learned in the rst
chapter of this book, he stood a small child in their midst and
told them they should be humble like that little one. But still
they did not learn. So shortly before he died, Jesus taught them
a lesson that they would never forget. What did he do?
Well, while they were all having a meal together, Jesus got up
from the table and took o his outer garments. Picking up a
towel, he wrapped it around his waist. Then he took a washbasin and put water into it. His followers must have wondered
what he was going to do. As they watched, Jesus went around
to all of them, bent down, and washed their feet. Then he
dried their feet with the towel. Just think of that! What if you
had been there? How would you have felt?
His followers did not feel that it was right for the Great
Teacher to serve them in this way. They felt embarrassed. In
fact, Peter was not going to let Jesus do this lowly service for
him. But Jesus said that it was important for him to do it.
We do not usually wash one anothers feet today. But this was
done when Jesus was on earth. Do you know why? Well, in
the land where Jesus and his followers lived, people wore open
sandals on their bare feet. So when they walked on the dirt
roads, their feet got covered with dust. It was a kindness to wash
the dust o the feet of a person who came into the house to visit.
But this time not one of Jesus disciples had oered to wash
the feet of the others. So Jesus did it himself. By doing this, Jesus
taught his followers an important lesson. They needed to learn
this lesson. And it is a lesson that we today need to learn.
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Do you know what the lesson is? After Jesus put his outer
garments back on and took his place at the table again, he
explained: Do you know what I have done to you? You address
me, Teacher, and, Lord, and you speak rightly, for I am such.
Therefore, if I, although Lord and Teacher, washed your feet,
you also ought to wash the feet of one another.John 13:2-14.
Here the Great Teacher showed that he wanted his followers
to serve one another. He did not want them to think only about
themselves. He did not want them to think that they were so
important that others should always serve them. He wanted
them to be willing to serve others.
Wasnt that a ne lesson? Will you be like the Great Teacher and serve other people? We can all do things for others.
This will make them happy. But best of all, it will make Jesus
and his Father happy.
It is not hard to serve other people. If you watch, you will see
many things that you can do for others. Think now: Is there
What lesson was Jesus
teaching his followers?

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anything that you can do to help your mother? You know


that she does many things for you and the rest of
the family. Can you help her? Why not ask her?
Maybe you can set the table before the family eats. Or maybe you can clear the table
of the dirty dishes after the family nishes eating. Some children take the garbage out every day. Whatever it is that
you can do, you will be serving others,
even as Jesus did.
Do you have younger brothers and sisters whom you can serve? Remember, Jesus,
the Great Teacher, served even his followers.
By serving your younger brothers and sisters,
you will be copying Jesus. What can you do
for them? Maybe
you can help them
learn to put their
toys away when they
are nished playing.
What can you do
to help others?

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Or maybe you can help them get dressed. Or perhaps you can
help them make their bed. Can you think of anything else you
can do for them? They will love you for doing these things,
just as Jesus followers loved him.
In school too you can serve other people. It might be your
classmates or your teacher. If someone drops his books, it would
be kind of you to help him pick them up. You
might oer to clean the blackboard or to do something else for your teacher. Even holding the
door open for someone is a kind service.
At times, we will nd that people will
not thank us for serving them. Do you
think that this should stop us from doing good? No! Many people did not thank
Jesus for his good works. But that did not
stop him from doing good.
So lets never hold back from
serving other people. Lets remember the Great Teacher, Jesus, and always try to follow his
example.
For more scriptures about
helping other people,
read Proverbs 3:27, 28;
Romans 15:1, 2; and
Galatians 6:2.

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OBEDIENCE PROTECTS YOU

OULD you like it if you could do anything you


wanted? Are there times when you wish that no one
would ever tell you what to do? Now, be honest, and
tell me what you think.
But which is better for you? Is it really wise to do anything
you want? Or do things turn out better when you obey your
father and your mother? God says that you should obey your
parents, so there must be a good reason
to do that. Lets see if we can gure
it out.

Why should you


listen to older people?

How old are you? Do you know


how old your father is? How old
is your mother or your grandmother
or grandfather? They have lived
much longer than you have. And
the longer a person lives, the more
time he has to learn things.
He hears more things and
sees more things and does more
things every year. So young people can learn from older ones.

Do you know someone who is younger than you are? Do you know more than he or she does?
Why is it that you do? It is because you have lived longer. You
have had more time to learn things than someone younger has.
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Who has lived longer than you or I or any other person?


Jehovah God has. He knows more than you do, and he knows
more than I do. When he tells us to do anything, we can be sure
that it is the right thing to do, even though it may be hard to do.
Did you know that even the Great Teacher once found it hard
to obey?
One time God asked Jesus to do something very dicult.
Jesus prayed about it, as we see here. He prayed: If you wish, remove this cup from me. By praying this, Jesus showed that it
was not always easy to do Gods will. But how did Jesus nish
his prayer? Do you know?
Jesus nished it by saying: Let, not my will,
but yours take place. (Luke 22:41, 42) Yes, he
wanted Gods will to be done, not his own.
And he went ahead and did what God wanted
rather than what he thought would be best.
What can we learn from this? We learn
that it is always right to do what God says, even
though it may not be easy to do. But we learn
something else. Do you know what it is? We
learn that God and Jesus are not the same person, as some people say. Jehovah God is older
and knows more than his Son, Jesus, does.

What can
we learn from
Jesus prayer?

When we obey God, we are showing that we


love him. The Bible says: This is what the love
of God means, that we observe his commandments. (1 John
5:3) So you see, we all need to obey God. You want to obey him,
dont you?
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Lets get out our Bible and see what God tells children to do.
We are going to read what the Bible says at Ephesians chapter 6,
verses 1, 2, and 3. It says: Children, be obedient to your parents
in union with the Lord, for this is righteous: Honor your father
and your mother; which is the rst command with a promise:
That it may go well with you and you may endure a long time
on the earth.
So you see, it is Jehovah God himself who is telling you to be
obedient to your father and mother. What does it mean to
honor them? It means that you are to show them respect. And
God promises that if you obey your parents, it will go well
with you.
Let me tell you a story about some people whose lives were
saved because they were obedient. These people lived long ago
in the big city of Jerusalem. Most of the people in that city did
not listen to God, so Jesus warned them that God was going to
have their city destroyed. Jesus also told them how they could
escape if they loved what was right. He said: When you see
armies all around Jerusalem, you will know that its destruction
is getting near. Then is the time to get out of Jerusalem and run
to the mountains.Luke 21:20-22.
Well, just as Jesus said, armies came to attack Jerusalem. The
armies of Rome camped all around it. Then, for some reason,
the soldiers left. Most of the people thought that the danger had
passed. So they stayed in the city. But what had Jesus said they
should do? What would you have done if you had been living in Jerusalem? Those who really believed Jesus left their
homes and ran to the mountains far away from Jerusalem.
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How did obedience


to Jesus command
save these people?

For a whole year, nothing happened to Jerusalem. In the second


year, nothing happened. And in the
third year, nothing happened. Some
people may have thought that those who
had left the city were foolish. But then in the fourth year, the
Roman armies came back. Again they camped all around Jerusalem. Now it was too late to escape. This time the armies
destroyed the city. Most of the people inside it died, and the rest
were taken prisoner.
But what happened to those who had obeyed Jesus? They
were safe. They were far away from Jerusalem. So they were not
hurt. Obedience protected them.
If you are obedient, will that protect you too? Your parents
may tell you never to play in the street. Why do they say that?
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Why should you obey


when you do not see any danger?

It is because you could be hit by a car. But someday you might


think: There are no cars right now. I wont get hurt. Other children play in the street, and I have never seen them get hurt.
That is how most of the people in Jerusalem felt. After the
Roman armies left, it looked safe. Others were staying in the
city. So they stayed too. They had been warned, but they did not
listen. As a result, they lost their lives.
Lets take another example. Have you ever played with matches? It may seem like fun to watch the re when you light a
match. But playing with matches can be dangerous. The
whole house could burn down, and you could die!
Remember, obeying just some of the time is not
enough. But if you always obey, that will really protect you. And who is it that tells you, Children,
be obedient to your parents? It is God. And,
remember, he says that because he loves you.
Now read these scriptures that show the importance of
obedience: Proverbs 23:22; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Isaiah 48:17, 18;
and Colossians 3:20.
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OTHERS ARE HIGHER


THAN WE ARE

AM sure you will agree that others are higher, or greater


and stronger, than you and I. Who would you say is?
Jehovah God is. What about his Son, the Great Teacher?
Is he higher than we are? Of course, he is.
Jesus had lived with God in heaven. He was a spirit Son, or
angel. Did God make other angels, or spirit sons? Yes, he
made many millions of them. These angels also are higher and
more powerful than we are.Psalm 104:4; Daniel 7:10.
Do you remember the name of the angel who spoke to
Mary? It was Gabriel. He told Mary that her baby would be
Gods Son. God put the life of his spirit Son inside of Mary so
that Jesus could be born as a baby on earth.Luke 1:26, 27.
Do you believe that miracle? Do you believe
that Jesus had lived with God in heaven? Jesus
said that he had. How did Jesus know about such
things? Well, when he was a boy, Mary probably
told him what Gabriel had said. Also, Joseph
likely told Jesus that God was his real Father.
When Jesus was baptized, God even spoke
from heaven, saying: This is my Son. (Matthew 3:17) And the night before he died,
What did Mary and Joseph probably tell Jesus?
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Jesus prayed: Father, glorify me alongside yourself with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was. (John 17:5)
Yes, Jesus asked to be taken back to live again with God in heaven. How could he live there? Only if Jehovah God again made
him an invisible spirit person, or angel.
Now I want to ask you an important question. Are all angels
good? What do you think? Well, at one time all of them were
good. This was because Jehovah had created them, and everything he makes is good. But then one of the angels became bad.
How did that happen?
To get the answer, we must go back to the time
when God made the rst man and woman, Adam
and Eve. Some people say that the story about
them is only make-believe. But the Great
Teacher knew that it was true.
How could Adam and Eve
have lived forever
in Paradise?

When God made Adam


and Eve, he put them in a beautiful garden in a
place called Eden. It was a park, a paradise. They could have
had a lot of children, a big family, and lived in Paradise forever.
But there was an important lesson that they needed to learn. Its
one we have already talked about. Lets see if we remember it.
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Jehovah told Adam and Eve that they could eat all the fruit
they wanted from the trees in the garden. But there was one tree
they were not to eat from. God told them what would happen
if they did. He said: You will positively die. (Genesis 2:17)
So, what was the lesson that Adam and Eve needed to learn?
It was the lesson of obedience. Yes, life depends on obedience
to Jehovah God! It was not enough for Adam and Eve just to say
that they would obey him. They had to show that they would
by the things they did. If they obeyed God, they would be
showing that they loved him and wanted him to be their Ruler.
Then they could have lived forever in Paradise. But if they ate
from that tree, what would it show?
It would show that they were not really thankful for what
God had given them. Would you have obeyed Jehovah if
you had been there? At rst, Adam and Eve did. But
then someone higher than they were fooled Eve. He got
her to disobey Jehovah. Who was that?

Who was making the serpent speak to Eve?

The Bible says that a serpent, or snake,


spoke to Eve. But you know that a serpent cannot
speak all by itself. So how was it able to talk? An
angel made it seem like the serpent was speaking. But it
was really the angel who was speaking. The angel had
begun to think bad things. He wanted Adam and Eve to
worship him. He wanted them to do the things that he
said. He wanted to take Gods place.
So that bad angel put wrong ideas into the mind of Eve.
Through the serpent, he said to her: God did not tell you the
truth. You will not die if you eat from that tree. You will become
wise like God. Would you have believed what that voice said?
Eve began to want something that God had not given her.
She ate fruit from the forbidden tree. Then she gave some to
Adam. Adam did not believe what the serpent said. But his desire to be with Eve was stronger than his love for God. So he ate
from the tree too.Genesis 3:1-6; 1 Timothy 2:14.
What was the result? Adam and Eve became
imperfect, grew old, and died.
What happened to
Adam and Eve
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OT H E R S A RE H I G H E R T H A N W E A RE

And because they were imperfect, all their children were imperfect too and eventually grew old and died. God had not lied!
Life does depend on obedience to him. (Romans 5:12) The Bible tells us that the angel who lied to Eve is called Satan the
Devil, and other angels who became bad are called demons.
James 2:19; Revelation 12:9.
Now, can you understand why the good angel God had made
became bad? It was because he began to think bad things. He
wanted to be Number One. He knew that God had told Adam
and Eve to have children, and he wanted all of them to worship
him. The Devil wants to make everyone disobey Jehovah. So he
tries to put bad ideas into our minds.James 1:13-15.
The Devil says that nobody really loves Jehovah. He says that
you and I dont love God and that we dont really want to do
what God says. He says that we obey Jehovah only when everything goes the way we like it. Is the Devil right? Are we like that?
The Great Teacher said that the Devil is a liar! Jesus proved
that he really loved Jehovah by obeying Him. And Jesus did
not obey God only when it was easy. He did it all the time,
even when other people made it hard for him. He proved true
to Jehovah right down till his death. That is why God brought
him back to life to live forever.
So who would you say is our greatest enemy? Yes, it is Satan
the Devil. Can you see him? Of course not! But we know that
he exists and that he is higher and more powerful than we are.
Yet, who is higher than the Devil? Jehovah God is. So we
know that God can protect us.
Read about the One we should worship: Deuteronomy 30:19, 20; Joshua
24:14, 15; Proverbs 27:11; and Matthew 4:10.
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WE NEED TO RESIST
TEMPTATIONS

ID anyone ever ask you to do something that was


wrong? Did he dare you to do it? Or did he say that it
would be fun and that it would not really be wrong to
do it? When someone does this to us, he is trying to tempt us.
What should we do when we are tempted? Should we give
in and do what is wrong? That would not please Jehovah
God. But do you know who would be happy? Yes, Satan the
Devil would be.
Satan is the enemy of God, and Satan is our enemy. We cannot see him because he is a spirit. But he can see us. One day the
Devil talked with Jesus, the Great Teacher, and tried to tempt
him. Lets nd out what Jesus did. Then we will know the right
thing to do when we are tempted.
Jesus always wanted to do Gods will. He openly showed this
by being baptized in the Jordan River. It was right after
Jesus baptism that Satan tried to tempt Him. The Bible says that the heavens were opened up to Jesus.
(Matthew 3:16) This could mean that Jesus now
began to remember all about his earlier life in
heaven with God.
What may Jesus have begun to
remember when he was baptized?
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After his baptism Jesus went into a wilderness to think about


the things that he had begun to remember. Forty days and nights
went by. All this time Jesus did not eat anything, so he was now
very hungry. It was at this moment Satan tried to tempt Jesus.
The Devil said: If you are a son of God, tell these stones to
become loaves of bread. How good some bread would have tasted! But could Jesus have turned stones into loaves of bread?
Yes, he could have. Why? Because Jesus, the Son of God, had
special powers.
Would you have made a stone into a loaf of bread if the Devil
had asked you to do it? Jesus was hungry. So wouldnt it have
been all right to do it just once? Jesus knew that it was wrong
to use his powers in that way. Jehovah had given him those
powers to draw people to God, not to use for himself.
So, instead, Jesus told Satan what is written in the Bible:
Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every word that
comes forth from Jehovahs mouth. Jesus
knew that doing what pleases Jehovah is even
more important than having food to eat.
But the Devil tried again. He took Jesus into Jerusalem and had him stand
How did the Devil use stones
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up on a high part of the temple. Then Satan said: If you are a


son of God, throw yourself down from here. For it is written that
Gods angels will keep you from hurting yourself.
Why did Satan say this? He said it to tempt Jesus to do
something foolish. But again Jesus did not listen to Satan. He
told Satan: It is written, You must not put Jehovah your God
to the test. Jesus knew that it was wrong to test Jehovah by
taking chances with his life.
Still, Satan did not give up. Next he took Jesus along to a very
high mountain. There he showed him all the kingdoms, or
governments, of the world and their glory. Then Satan said to
Jesus: All these things I will give you if you fall down and do
an act of worship to me.
Think about the Devils oer. Did all these kingdoms, or governments of men, really belong to Satan? Well, Jesus did not
deny that they were Satans. He would have done that if Satan
had not owned them. Yes, Satan really is the ruler of all the nations of the world. The Bible even calls him the ruler of this
world.John 12:31.
What would you do if the Devil promised you something if
you worshiped him? Jesus knew that it would be wrong to
worship the Devil no matter what He would get. So Jesus said:
Go away, Satan! For the Bible says that it is Jehovah your God
you must worship and that you must serve only him.Matthew 4:1-10; Luke 4:1-13.
We also are faced with temptations. Do you know of some of
them? Here is an example. Your mother may make a delicious
pie or cake for dessert. She may tell you not to eat any of it until mealtime. But you are very hungry, so you may feel tempted
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Why could Satan oer Jesus all these kingdoms?

to eat it. Will you obey your mother? Satan


wants you to disobey her.
Remember Jesus. He was very hungry too.
But he knew that pleasing God was more important than eating. You show that you are
like Jesus when you do what your mother says.
It may be that other children will ask you
to swallow some pills. They may tell you that
these will make you feel really good. But these

What will you do if


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pills may be drugs. They can make you very sick and can even
kill you. Or someone may give you a cigarette, which also contains drugs, and dare you to smoke it. What will you do?
Remember Jesus. Satan tried to get Jesus to take chances with
his life by telling him to jump o the temple. But Jesus would
not do it. What will you do if someone dares you to do something dangerous? Jesus did not listen to Satan. Neither should
you listen to anyone who tries to get you to do wrong things.
Someday you may be asked to do an act of worship to an image, something that the Bible says we must not do. (Exodus 20:
4, 5) It may be part of a ceremony at school. You may be told
that you cannot even go to school anymore if you
refuse to do this. What will you do?
It is easy to do what is right when
everyone else is. But doing what is right
can be pretty hard when others are trying
to get us to do wrong. They may say that
what they are doing is not really so bad.
But the big question is, What does God
say about it? He knows best.
So no matter what others say, we
should never do things that God says
are wrong. In that way we will always
make God happy, and we will never
please the Devil.

Why is it wrong
to use images
in worship?

More information about how to resist temptations to do wrong can be found at Psalm 1:1, 2;
Proverbs 1:10, 11; Matthew 26:41; and 2 Timothy 2:22.
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JESUS POWER OVER


THE DEMONS

O YOU remember why one of Gods


angels became Satan the Devil?
It was his selsh desire to be worshiped that caused him to turn against
God. Did other angels become followers of
Satan? Yes, they did. The Bible calls them
Satans angels, or demons.Revelation 12:9.
Do these bad angels, or demons, believe in
God? The demons believe God exists, the Bible says. (James 2:19) But now they are afraid.
This is because they know that God will
punish them for the bad things they have
done. What have they done wrong?
The Bible says that those angels left their own proper
home in heaven and came
to earth to live as men.
They did this because they
wanted to have sex relations with the pretty women on earth. (Genesis 6:1, 2;
Jude 6) What do you know
about sex relations?

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Sex relations are when a man and a woman become


close in a very special way. Afterward, a baby can grow
inside the mother. But for angels to have sex relations
is wrong. God wants only a man and a woman who are
married to each other to have sex relations. That way if a
baby is born, the husband and wife can take care of it.
When angels took human bodies and had sex with
women on earth, their babies grew up to become
giants. They were very mean, and they would hurt
people. So God brought a great ood to destroy
the giants and all the bad people. But he had
Noah build an ark, or big boat, to save the
few people who did what was right. The
Great Teacher said that what happened
at the Flood is important to remember.Genesis 6:3, 4, 13, 14; Luke 17:
26, 27.
When the Flood came, do
you know what happened
to the bad angels? They
stopped using the human
bodies they had made, and
they went back to heaven.
But they could no longer
be Gods angels, so they
Why is there more
trouble on earth now
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became angels of Satan, or demons. And what happened to


their children, the giants? They died in the Flood. And so did
all the other people who did not obey God.
Since the time of the Flood, God has not let the demons
become like humans anymore. But even though we cannot see
them, the demons still try to get people to do very bad things.
They are causing more trouble than ever before. This is because
they have been thrown out of heaven down to the earth.
Do you know why we cannot see the demons? It is because
they are invisible. But we can be sure that they are alive. The Bible says that Satan is misleading people in all the world, and
his demons are helping him.Revelation 12:9, 12.
Can the Devil and his demons mislead, or fool, us too? Yes,
they can if we are not careful. But we do not need to be afraid.
The Great Teacher said: The Devil has no hold on me. If we
keep close to God, he will protect us from the Devil and his
demons.John 14:30.
It is important that we know what bad things the demons will
try to get us to do. So think about it. What bad things did the
demons do when they came to earth? Before the Flood, they
had sex relations with women, something that was not right for
angels to do. Today the demons like it when people do not obey
Gods law about sex relations. Let me ask you, Who only should
have sex relations? You are right, only married people.
Today some young boys and girls have sex relations, but this
is wrong for them. The Bible talks about the male genital
organ, or penis. (Leviticus 15:1-3) The female genital parts
are called the vulva. Jehovah created these parts of the body
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for a special purpose that should be enjoyed only by married


people. It makes the demons happy when people do things that
are forbidden by Jehovah. For example, the demons like it when
a boy and a girl play with each others penis or vulva. We dont
want to make the demons happy, do we?
There is something else that the demons like but Jehovah
hates. Do you know what it is? Violence. (Psalm 11:5) Violence is when people are mean and hurt others. Remember, that
is what the giants, the sons of the demons, did.
The demons also like to scare people. Sometimes they pretend to be people who have died. They may even imitate voices
of those who have died. In this way the demons fool many
into believing that dead
What can
happen if we
watch violence?

people are alive and can talk with the living. Yes, the demons cause many people
to believe in ghosts.
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So we must be on guard that Satan and his demons do not


fool us. The Bible warns: Satan tries to make himself look like
a good angel, and his servants do the same. (2 Corinthians 11:
14, 15) But, really, the demons are bad. Lets see how they may
try to get us to be like them.
Where do people learn a lot about
violence and improper sex and spirits and ghosts? Isnt it from
watching certain television shows
and movies, playing computer
and video games, going on the Internet, and reading comic books?
Does doing these things bring us
closer to God or closer to the Devil
and his demons? What do you think?
Who do you think wants us to listen to
What is it good
and watch bad things? Yes, Satan and
for us to do?
his demons do. So, what do you and I need
to do? We need to read, listen to, and watch things that are
good for us and that will help us to serve Jehovah. Can you
think of some of these good things that we can do?
If we do what is good, there is no reason to be afraid of the
demons. Jesus is stronger than they are, and they are afraid of
him. One day the demons cried out to Jesus: Did you come to
destroy us? (Mark 1:24) Wont we be happy when the time
comes for Jesus to destroy Satan and his demons? In the
meantime, we can be sure that Jesus will protect us from the
demons if we keep close to him and his heavenly Father.
Lets read about what we need to do, at 1 Peter 5:8, 9 and James 4:7, 8.
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HELP FROM GODS ANGELS

OME people say that they believe only what they can see.
But that is foolish. There are lots of real things that we
have never seen with our eyes. Can you name one?

What about the air we breathe? Can we feel it? Hold up


your hand, and blow on it. Did you feel anything? You did,
but you cant see the air, can you?
We have already talked about spirit persons, whom we cant
see. We learned that some are good but others are bad. Name
some good spirit persons whom we cannot see. Yes, there is
Jehovah God, there is Jesus, and there are good angels. Are there
also bad angels? The Bible says there are. Tell me what you
have learned about them.
One thing we know is that both good angels and bad ones are
stronger than we are. The Great Teacher knew a lot about angels. That was because he had been an angel before he was born
as a baby on earth. He had lived with other angels in heaven.
He knew millions of them. Do all these angels have names?
Well, we learned that God gave names to the stars. So we can
be sure that all the angels have names too. And we know that
they can speak to one another because the Bible tells about the
language of angels. (1 Corinthians 13:1) What do you think
angels talk about? Do they talk about us on earth?
We know that Satans angels, the demons, are trying to get
us to disobey Jehovah. So they must talk about how they can
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do this. They want us to be like them so that Jehovah wont like


us either. But what about Gods faithful angels? Do you think
that they also talk about us? Yes, they do. They want to help
us. Let me tell you how some of Gods angels helped people who
loved Jehovah and served him.
For example, there was the man named Daniel who lived in
Babylon. Many people there did not love Jehovah. People even
made a law that would punish anyone who prayed to Jehovah
God. But Daniel would not stop praying to Jehovah. Do you
know what they did to Daniel?
Yes, bad people had Daniel thrown into a lions den.
There Daniel was all alone with some
What did God do to save Daniel?

hungry lions. Do
you know what happened then? God sent
his angel and shut the mouth
of the lions, Daniel said. He was
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not hurt at all! Angels can do wonderful things for those who
serve Jehovah.Daniel 6:18-22.
Then there was the time Peter was in prison. You will remember that Peter was a friend of the Great Teacher, Jesus Christ.
Some people did not like it when Peter told them that Jesus was
the Son of God. So they put Peter in prison. Soldiers were
guarding Peter to make sure that he didnt get away. Was there
anyone who could help him?
Peter was sleeping between two guards, and there were
chains on his hands. But the Bible says: Look! Jehovahs anHow did an angel help Peter
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gel came, and a light began to shine in the prison cell. Touching
Peter on his side, the angel woke him, saying, Rise quickly!
At that, Peters chains fell o his hands! And the angel said
to him: Get dressed, put your sandals on, and follow me. The
guards couldnt stop them because the angel was helping Peter.
Now they came to an iron gate, and a strange thing happened.
The gate opened by itself! That angel had set Peter free so that
he could keep on preaching.Acts 12:3-11.
Can Gods angels help us too? Yes, they can. Does this
mean that they will never let us get hurt at all? No, angels do
not stop us from getting hurt if we do foolish things. But even
if we dont do foolish things, we may still get hurt. The angels
are not told to keep this from happening. Instead, God has
given them special work to do.
The Bible talks about an angel who tells people everywhere
to worship God. (Revelation 14:6, 7) How does the angel tell
them that? Does he shout from heaven so that everyone can
hear him? No, rather, Jesus followers on earth talk to others
about God, and the angels guide them in their work. The angels
make sure that those who really want to know about God have
a chance to hear. We can share in that preaching work, and the
angels will help us.
But what if people who do not love God make trouble for us?
What if they put us in prison? Would the angels set us free?
They could. But that is not what they always do.
Jesus follower Paul was once a prisoner. He was traveling
on a boat during a bad storm. But the angels did not set him
free right away. This was because there were other people who
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needed to hear about God. An angel said: Have no fear, Paul.


You must stand before Caesar. Yes, Paul was to be taken to the
world ruler Caesar so that Paul could preach to him. The angels
always knew where Paul was, and they helped him. They will
help us too if we really serve God.Acts 27:23-25.
There is another big work that the angels will do, and they
are going to do it soon. Gods time to destroy wicked people
is very near. All who do not worship the true God will be
destroyed. Those who say they do not believe in angels because they cannot see them will nd out how wrong they are.
2 Thessalonians 1:6-8.
What will that mean for us? If we are on the same side
with Gods angels, they will help us. But are we on their side?
We are if we serve Jehovah. And if we serve Jehovah,
we will be telling other people
to serve him too.
To learn more about
how the angels aect
the lives of people,
read Psalm 34:7
(33:8, Dy);
Matthew 4:11; 18:10;
Luke 22:43; and
Acts 8:26-31.
What is the angel telling Paul?

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JESUS TEACHES US TO PRAY

O YOU talk to Jehovah God? He wants you to talk to


him. When you talk to God, this is called prayer. Jesus
often spoke to his Father in heaven. Sometimes
he wanted to be alone when he talked to God. One
time, the Bible says, He went up into the mountain by himself to pray. Though it became late, he
was there alone.Matthew 14:23.
Where can you go to pray alone to Jehovah? Maybe you can be alone to talk to Jehovah before you go to bed at night. Jesus said:
When you pray, go into your private room and,
after shutting your door, pray to your Father.
(Matthew 6:6) Do you pray to Jehovah each night
before you go to sleep? You should do so.
Jesus also prayed when other people
were with him. When his
friend Lazarus died,
Jesus prayed with
Jesus prayed when
he was alone . . .
and when he was
with others

Why should you


listen carefully
to prayers said
at meetings?

others at the place where Lazarus had been laid. (John 11:41,
42) And Jesus would also pray when he had meetings with his
disciples. Do you go to meetings where prayer is said? There
an older person will usually pray. Listen carefully to what he
says because he is talking to God for you. Then you will be able
to say Amen to the prayer. Do you know what it means to say
Amen at the end of a prayer? It means that you like the
prayer. It means that you agree with it and that you want it to
be your prayer too.
Jesus also prayed at mealtimes. He thanked Jehovah for his
food. Do you always pray before you eat your meals? It is good
for us to thank Jehovah for the food before we start eating.
Someone else may say the prayer when you eat together. But
what if you eat by yourself? Or what if you have a meal with
people who do not thank Jehovah? Then you need to say your
own prayer.
Do you always have to pray out loud? Or can Jehovah hear
you if you say your prayer to yourself? We can learn the answer from what happened to Nehemiah. He was a worshiper of
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Jehovah who worked in the palace


of Persian King Artaxerxes. One day
Nehemiah became very sad because
he heard that the walls of Jerusalem,
the main city of his people, were broken down.
When the king asked Nehemiah
why he was sad, Nehemiah rst
said a silent prayer. Then Nehemiah told the king why
he was sad and asked him
if he could go to Jerusalem
to rebuild the walls. What
happened?
Yes, God answered Nehemiahs prayer. The king said
that he could go! The king
even gave Nehemiah a lot
of trees to use to build the
walls. So God really can answer our prayers, even when
they are silent.Nehemiah 1:2, 3; 2:4-8.
Now think about
this. Should you bow
your head when you
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pray? Should you get down on your knees? What do you


think? Sometimes Jesus got down on his knees when he
prayed. Other times he stood up. And at times he lifted his
head toward heaven as he prayed, as he did when he prayed for
Lazarus.
So, what does this show? Yes, this shows that the position
you are in is not the important thing. Sometimes it is good to
bow your head and close your eyes. At other times you may even
want to get down on your knees, as Jesus did. But, remember,
we can pray to God at any time during the day or night, and he
will hear us. The important thing about prayer is that we really
believe that Jehovah is listening. Do you believe that Jehovah
hears your prayers?
What should we say in our prayers to Jehovah?
Tell me: When you pray, what do you talk to God
about? Jehovah gives us so many good
things, and it is right to thank him for
them, isnt it? We can thank him
for the food we eat. But have you ever
thanked him for the blue sky, the
green trees, and the pretty owers?
He made those too.
Jesus disciples once asked him to
teach them how to pray. So the Great
Teacher did, and he showed them
what were the most important things
to pray for. Do you know what these
What can you talk to God about in prayer?
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things are? Get your Bible, and open it to Matthew chapter 6.


In verses 9 through 13, we nd what many people call the
Our Father or the Lords Prayer. Lets read it together.
Here we learn that Jesus told us to pray about Gods name.
He said to pray that Gods name be sanctied, or treated as holy.
What is Gods name? Yes, it is Jehovah, and we should love
that name.
Second, Jesus taught us to pray for Gods Kingdom to come.
This Kingdom is important because it will bring peace to the
earth and make it a paradise.
Third, the Great Teacher said to pray for Gods will to be
done on earth just as it is done in heaven. If we pray for this,
then we should do what God wants.
Next, Jesus taught us to pray for the food we need for the day.
He also said that we should tell God we are sorry when we have
done things that are wrong. And we should ask God to forgive
us. But before he will do so, we must forgive others if they have
done something wrong to us. Is that easy for you to do?
Finally, Jesus said we should pray that Jehovah God will
protect us from the wicked one, Satan the Devil. So all of these
are good things to pray to God about.
We should believe that Jehovah hears our prayers. Besides
asking him to help us, we should keep thanking him. He is
happy when we mean what we say in prayer and when we ask
him for the right things. And he will give us these things.
Do you believe that?
More good counsel about prayer is found at Romans 12:12; 1 Peter 3:12;
and 1 John 5:14.
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THOSE WHO BECAME


JESUS DISCIPLES

HO is the nest servant of God that ever lived?


Thats right, Jesus Christ. Do you think that we can
be like him? Well, the Bible says that he set the
example for us to follow. And he invites us to be his disciples.
Do you know what it means to be a disciple of Jesus?
It means several things. First, we must learn from him. But that
is not all. We must also really believe what he says. If we do,
we will do what he tells us.
Many people say that they believe in Jesus. Do you think all
of them are really his disciples? No, most of them are not.
They may go to church. But many of them have never taken
time to learn what Jesus taught. Really, only those who follow Jesus example are his disciples.
Lets talk about some of those who were Jesus disciples when he was a man on earth. One of the rst to
become a disciple is Philip. Philip goes to nd his
friend Nathanael (also called Bartholomew), whom
you see sitting under a tree. When Nathanael
comes to Jesus, Jesus says: See, here is an honest
man, a true son of Israel. Nathanael is surprised
and asks: How do you know me?
Who is this man, and how does he become a disciple of Jesus?
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Before Philip called you, while you were under the g tree,
I saw you, Jesus says. Nathanael is amazed that Jesus knew
exactly where he was, so Nathanael says: You are the Son of
God, you are King of Israel.John 1:49.
Others became disciples of Jesus the day
before Philip and Nathanael did.

Whom is Jesus calling to be his disciples?

These are Andrew and his brother Peter as well as


John and perhaps Johns brother James. (John 1:35-51)
After a while, however, these four go back to their shing
business. Then one day while Jesus is walking beside the Sea
of Galilee, he sees Peter and Andrew letting down a shing net
into the sea. Jesus calls to them: Come after me.
Going a little farther, Jesus sees James and John. They are in
a boat with their father, xing their shing nets. Jesus calls
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them to follow him too. What would you have done if Jesus
had called you? Would you have gone with him right away?
These men know who Jesus is. They know that he has been sent
by God. So at once they leave their shing business and follow
Jesus.Matthew 4:18-22.
When these men became Jesus followers, did it mean that
afterward they always did what was right? No. You may remember that these men even argued among themselves about
which one of them was the greatest. But they listened to Jesus,
and they were willing to change. If we are willing to change,
we too can be disciples of Jesus.
Jesus invited all sorts of people to be his disciples. Once,
a rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked how to gain everlasting life. When the rich ruler said that he had been obeying Gods commandments from his childhood on, Jesus invited
him: Come be my follower. Do you know what happened?
Well, when the man learned that being a disciple of Jesus
had to be more important than being rich, he was very unhappy. He did not become Jesus disciple because he loved his
money more than he loved God.Luke 18:18-25.
After Jesus had been preaching for nearly a year and a half,
he chose 12 of his disciples to be apostles. The apostles were
men whom he sent out to do special work. Do you know their
names? Lets see if we can learn them. Look at their pictures
here, and see if you can say their names. Then try to say their
names from memory.
Eventually, one of the 12 apostles became bad. He was Judas
Iscariot. Afterward, another disciple was chosen to become
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Peter

Judas Iscariot

an apostle. Do you know his name?


It was Matthias. Later, Paul and Barnabas also became apostles, but they
were not part of the 12.Acts 1:2326; 14:14.

Judas (also called


Thaddaeus)

Simon

As we learned in Chapter 1
of this book, Jesus took an
interest in young children.
Why did he do that? Because he knew that they
could become his disciples
too. In fact, children can often
say things in a way that can even
cause grown-ups to listen and to
want to learn more about the
Great Teacher.

Andrew

James
(brother
of John)

Many women also became


disciples of Jesus. Some traveled with him when he went

James (son of Alphaeus)


Thomas

John

Matthew
Philip
Nathanael

Who were these women who helped Jesus when he went preaching?

to other cities to preach. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and


Susanna did that. They may also have helped to prepare
his meals and wash his clothes.Luke 8:1-3.
Do you want to be a disciple of Jesus? Remember, just saying that we are one of his disciples does not make us one. We must act like one
of his disciples wherever we are, not just when
we go to Christian meetings. Can you think of
some places where it is important for us to act
like a disciple of Jesus?
Yes, we should do so at home. But still
another place is at school. What you and
I should never forget is that to be a true
disciple of Jesus, we must act like he did
all day long, every day, no matter where
we are.
Now read together what the Bible says about
disciples of Jesus, at Matthew 28:19, 20; Luke
6:13-16; John 8:31, 32; and 1 Peter 2:21.

Where is it important for us to act


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WHY WE SHOULD FORGIVE

AS anyone ever done something wrong to you?


Did he hurt you or say something unkind to you?
Should you treat him in the same unkind way that
he treated you?
If someone hurts them, many people will hurt that person to
pay him back. But Jesus taught that we should forgive those
who do wrong to us. (Matthew 6:12) What if a person is unkind
to us many times? How many times should we forgive him?
That is what Peter wanted to know. So one day he asked
Jesus: Do I have to forgive him as many as seven times? Seven times is not enough. Jesus said: You are to forgive seventy-seven times if the person sins
against you that many times.
That is a lot of times! We would
not even remember that many
wrongs or bad things that a person
did to us, would we? And this is what
Jesus was telling us: We should not
try to remember the number of wrongs
others may do to us. If they ask to be
forgiven, we should forgive them.
Jesus wanted to show his disciples
how very important it is to be forgiving. So after he answered Peters
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What did Peter


want to know
about forgiveness?

What happened when the slave begged


the king for more time to pay?

question, he told his disciples a story.


Would you like to hear it?
Once there was a good king. He was
very kind. He would even lend money
to his slaves when they needed help.
But the day came when the king wanted his slaves who owed him money
to pay him back. Well, one slave
was brought in who owed the
king 60 million pieces of
money. Thats a lot of
money!
How did the slave
treat his fellow slave
who could not pay
him what he owed?

W H Y WE S H OU L D F O RG IV E

But the slave had spent all the kings money and could not
pay the king back. So the king gave orders for him to be sold.
The king also said to sell the slaves wife and his children and
everything that he owned. Then, with the money received from
the sale, the king was to be paid. How do you suppose this made
the slave feel?
He knelt down before the king and begged: Please, give me
more time, and I will pay back everything that I owe you.
If you had been the king, what would you have done with the
slave? The king felt sorry for his slave. So the king forgave
him. He told the slave that he did not have to pay back any
of the money, not even one of the 60 million pieces. How happy that must have made the slave!
But what did that slave do then? He went out and found
another slave, one who owed him just one hundred pieces of
money. He grabbed this fellow slave by the neck and began to
choke him, saying: Pay back the one hundred pieces you owe
me! Can you imagine a person doing something like that, especially after having been forgiven so much by the king?
Well, the slave who owed just one hundred pieces of money
was poor. He could not pay the money back right away. So he
fell down at the feet of his fellow slave and begged: Please, give
me more time, and I will pay back what I owe you. Should the
man have given his fellow slave more time? What would you
have done?
This man was not kind, as the king had been. He wanted his
money right away. And because his fellow slave could not pay it,
he had him thrown into prison. Other slaves saw all of this
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happen, and they did not like it. They felt sorry for the slave who
was in prison. So they went and told the king about it.
The king did not like what had happened either. He became
very angry at the unforgiving slave. So he called him and said:
You bad slave, didnt I forgive what you owed me? So should
you not have been forgiving to your fellow slave?
The unforgiving slave should have learned a lesson from the
good king. But he had not. So now the king had that slave
thrown into prison until he could pay back the 60 million
pieces of money. And, of course, in jail he could never earn the
money to pay the king back. So he would stay there till he died.
As Jesus nished telling this story, he said to his followers:
In like manner my heavenly Father will also deal with you if
you do not forgive each one his brother from your hearts.
Matthew 18:21-35.

What did the king do


to the unforgiving
slave?

W H Y WE S H OU L D F O RG IV E

You see, we all owe God very much. In fact, our very life
comes from God! So when compared with what we owe to God,
other people owe us little. What they owe us is like the one hundred pieces of money that the one slave owed to the other. But
what we owe to God because of the wrong things we do is like
the 60 million pieces that the slave owed to the king.
God is very kind. Though we have done wrong things, he forgives us. He does not make us pay by taking our lives away from
us forever. But this is the lesson we need to remember: God forgives us only if we forgive people who do wrong to us. Thats something to think about, isnt it?
So if someone does something unkind to you but then says that he is
sorry, what will you do? Will you forgive him? What if it happens many
times? Will you still forgive him?
If we were the person who is asking to be forgiven, we would want the
other person to forgive us, wouldnt
we? So we should do the same for
him. Not only should we say that we
forgive him but we should really forgive him from our heart. When we do
that, we show that we really want to
be followers of the Great Teacher.
To understand the importance of being forgiving, lets also read Proverbs 19:11; Matthew 6:14, 15; and Luke 17:3, 4.
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What will you do


if someone asks you
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A LESSON ON BEING KIND

O YOU know what prejudice is? Well, prejudice is not


liking someone simply because he may look dierent or
may speak a dierent language. So being prejudiced is
having a bad feeling or a belief about someone before you really get to know him.
Do you think it is right not to like someone before you
really know what kind of person he is or just because he is
dierent? No, prejudice is not right, and neither is it kind.
We should not be unkind to someone just because he may be
dierent from us.
Think about it. Do you know anyone whose skin color is
dierent from yours or who speaks a language dierent from
yours? Maybe you even know people who look dierent
because they have been hurt or they have a sickness. Are you
kind and loving to those who are dierent from you?
If we listen to the Great Teacher, Jesus Christ, we will be
kind to everyone. It should not make any dierence to us what
country a person may come from or what color his skin is.
We should be kind to him. Although this is not what all people
believe, it is a lesson Jesus taught. Lets talk about it.
A Jew who was prejudiced toward others came to Jesus and
asked the question, What must I do to live forever? Jesus knew
that the man was probably trying to get him to say we should be
kind only to people of our own race or nationality. So instead of
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answering the question himself, Jesus asked


the man: What does Gods Law say we
must do?
The man answered: You must love Jehovah your God with all your heart,
and you must love your neighbor as
yourself. Jesus said: You answered
right. Keep on doing this and you will
get everlasting life.
The man, however, did not want to be
kind or loving to people who were dierent
from him. So he tried to nd an excuse. He asked Jesus: Who
really is my neighbor? He may have wanted Jesus to say: Your
neighbors are your friends or, They are people who look the
same as you do. To answer the question, Jesus told a story about
a Jew and a Samaritan. This is how it went.
A man was going down the road from the city of Jerusalem to
Jericho. This man was a Jew. As he was walking along, robbers
grabbed him. They knocked him down and took his money and
his clothes. The robbers beat him up and left him half dead
beside the road.
How should we treat those who may be dierent from us?

A short time later, a priest came along that road. He saw the
man who was badly hurt. What would you have done? Well,
the priest just went by on the opposite side of the road. He
didnt even stop. He didnt do anything at all to help the man.
Then another very religious man came down the road. He was
a Levite who served at the temple in Jerusalem. Would he stop
to help? No. He did the very same thing that the priest did.
Finally, a Samaritan came along. Can you see him coming
around the bend in the road? He saw the Jew lying there badly hurt. Now, most Samaritans and Jews did not like one another at all. (John 4:9) So would this Samaritan leave the man
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without helping him? Would he say to himself:


Why should I help this Jew? He would not help
me if I was hurt?
Well, the Samaritan looked at the man lying
beside the road, and he felt sorry for him. He
could not leave him there and let him die. So
he got o his animal, went over to the man, and
began caring for his wounds. He poured oil and
wine upon them. This would help the wounds to
heal. Then he wrapped up the wounds with a cloth.
The Samaritan gently lifted the hurt man onto his animal.
Then they went slowly down the road until they came to an inn,
or small hotel. There the Samaritan got a place for the
man to stay, and he took good care of him.
Now Jesus asked the man he was talking to:
Who of these three men do you think was the
good neighbor? What would
you say? Was it the priest, the
Levite, or the Samaritan?
The man answered: The
man who stopped and took
care of the hurt man was the
good neighbor. Jesus said:
You are right. Go your way
and do the same yourself.
Luke 10:25-37.
Why was the Samaritan
the good neighbor?

How can you be a good neighbor?

Wasnt that a ne story? It makes


clear who our neighbors are. They
are not just our close friends.
And they are not just people
who have the same skin color
as we do or speak the same
language. Jesus taught us to
be kind to people regardless
of where they are from, what
they look like, or what language they speak.
This is the way Jehovah
God is. He is not prejudiced.
Your Father who is in heaven makes his
sun rise on bad people and good people, Jesus said.
And he makes the rain fall on good people and those
who are not good. So, then, we should be kind to all, just as
God is.Matthew 5:44-48.
So if you see someone hurt, what will you do? What if the
person is from a dierent country or his skin color is dierent
from yours? He is still your neighbor, and you should help him.
If you feel too small to help, then you can ask an older person
for help. Or you can call a policeman or a schoolteacher. That
is being kind, like the Samaritan man.
The Great Teacher wants us to be kind. He wants us to help
others, no matter who they may be. That is why he told the story
about the kind Samaritan.
On this lesson of being kind to people regardless of their race or nationality, read Proverbs 19:22; Acts 10:34, 35; and 17:26.
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WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTANT?

HERE was a man who came to see Jesus one day. He


knew that Jesus was very wise, so he said to him:
Teacher, tell my brother to give me some of the things
he has. The man thought he should have some of those things.
If you had been Jesus, what would you have said? Jesus saw
that the man had a problem. But the problem was not that he
needed what his brother had. The mans problem was that he
did not know what was truly important in life.
Lets think about this. What should be most important to
us? Should it be having nice toys, new clothes, or things like
that? No, there is something that is much more important.
And this is the lesson that Jesus wanted to
What problem did
teach. So he told a story about a man who
this man have?
forgot God. Would you like to hear it?
This man was very rich. He owned land
and barns. The crops that he planted grew
very well. He did not have room in his
barns to store all the crops. So, what
was he going to do? Well, he said to
himself: I will tear down my barns and
build bigger ones. Then I will store all
my crops and all my good things in
these new barns.
The rich man thought that
this was the wise thing to do. He
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thought that he was very smart to store up many things.


He said to himself: I have many good things stored up.
They will last me for many years. So now I can take
it easy. I will eat, drink, and enjoy myself. But there
was something wrong with the rich mans thinking. Do
you know what it was? He was thinking only about
himself and his own pleasure. He forgot about God.

What is this rich man thinking about?

So God spoke to the rich man. He said: You foolish man.


You are going to die tonight. Now who will have the things that
you stored up? Could that rich man use those things after he
died? No, someone else would get them. Jesus said: So it goes
with the man that lays up treasure for himself but is not rich
toward God.Luke 12:13-21.
You dont want to be like that rich man, do you? His
main purpose in life was the getting of material things. That
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was a mistake. He always wanted more. But he was not rich


toward God.
Many people are like that rich man. They always want more.
But this can lead to big problems. For example, you have toys,
dont you? What are some of the toys that you have? Tell
me. What if one of your friends has a ball or a doll or some
other toy that you dont have? Would it be right for you to try
to make your parents buy one for you?
There may be times when a toy seems very important. But
what happens to it after a while? It gets old. It may
fall apart, and then you dont even want it anymore.
Really, you have something that is much more precious than toys. Do you know what it is?

What do you have that is more precious than toys?

It is your life. Your life is very important because without it,


you cant do anything. But your life depends on doing what
pleases God, doesnt it? So lets not be like that foolish rich
man who forgot God.
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Children are not the only ones who may do foolish things
like that rich man. A lot of grown-ups do too. Some of them
always want more than they have. They may have food for the
day, clothing to wear, and a place to live. But they want more.
They want lots of clothes. And they want bigger houses. These
things cost money. So they work hard to get lots of money.
And the more money they get, the more they want to have.
Some grown-ups become so busy trying to get money that
they have no time to be with their family. And they have no
time for God. Can their money keep them alive? No, it cant.
Can they use their money after they die? No. This is because
the dead are not able to do anything at all.Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10.
Does this mean that it is wrong to have money? No. We can
buy food and clothing with money. The Bible says that it is a
protection. (Ecclesiastes 7:12) But if we love money, then we are
going to have trouble. We will be like that foolish rich man who
stored up treasures for himself and was not rich toward God.
What does it mean to be rich toward God? It means to put
God rst in our lives. Some people say that they believe in God.
They think that believing is all that is needed. But are they
really rich toward God? No, they are like the rich man who
forgot God.
Jesus never forgot his Father in heaven. He did not try to
make a lot of money. And he did not own many material things.
Jesus knew what was truly important in life. Do you know what
that is? It is being rich toward God.
Tell me, how can we be rich toward God? We can be rich
toward God by doing what pleases him. Jesus said: I always
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do the things pleasing to him. (John 8:29) God likes it when


we do the things he wants us to do. Now tell me, what things
can you do to please God? Yes, you can read the
Bible, go to Christian meetings, pray to God,
and help others learn about him. Those are
truly the most important things in life.
Because Jesus was rich toward God, Jehovah
took care of him. He gave Jesus the reward of
living forever. If we are like Jesus, Jehovah will
love us and take care of us too. So may we be like
Jesus and never be like that rich man who
forgot God.
Here are some Bible texts that
show how to have the proper
view of material things:
Proverbs 23:4; 28:20;
1 Timothy 6:6-10;
and Hebrews 13:5.

What is this child


doing that is
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THE WAY TO BE HAPPY

E ALL like to be happy, dont we? But not many


people really are. Do you know why? It is because
they have not learned the secret of happiness. They
think that getting a lot of things is the way to be happy. But
when they get these things, their happiness does not last.
Here is the important secret. The Great Teacher said:
There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. (Acts 20:35) So, what is the way to be happy? Yes,
it is by giving things to others and by doing things for
them. Did you know that?
Lets think about this some more. Did Jesus say that a
person who received a gift would not be happy? No,
he didnt say that. You like to get gifts, dont you?
Everybody does. We are happy when we
receive nice things.
Why is Jehovah the happy God?

What can make you happier


than eating all of your cookies yourself?

But Jesus said that there is even


more happiness when we give. So
who would you say has given
more things to people than anyone
else? Yes, Jehovah God.
The Bible says that God gives to
all persons life and breath and all
things. He gives us rains from heaven and the sunshine too, so that plants
grow and we have food to eat. (Acts 14:
17; 17:25) No wonder the Bible calls Jehovah
the happy God! (1 Timothy 1:11) Giving to others
is one of the things that make God happy. And when we give,
it can make us happy too.
Now, what is there that we can give to other people? What
would you say? Sometimes a gift costs money. If it is a gift
that you get at a store, you will have to pay for it. So if you want
to give that kind of gift, you may have to save money until you
have enough to buy the gift.
But not all gifts have to come from stores. For example, on a
hot day, a glass of cold water really tastes good. So when you give
that gift to a person who is thirsty, you can have the happiness
that comes from giving.
Someday maybe you and your mother can bake cookies. That
would be fun. But what could you do with some of those
cookies that would make you even happier than eating all of
them yourself? Yes, you could make a gift of some of them to
one of your friends. Would you like to do that sometime?
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What is Lydia
saying to
Paul and Luke?

Why is Lydia happy to provide


for Paul and Luke?

T H E WAY TO B E H A P PY

The Great Teacher and his apostles all knew the happiness of
giving. Do you know what they gave to other people? It was
the best thing in the world! They knew the truth about God,
and they gladly shared this good news with others. They did this
without letting anyone give them money for what they gave.
One day the apostle Paul and his good friend the disciple
Luke met a woman who also wanted to have the happiness of
giving. They met her down by a river. Paul and Luke went there
because they had heard that it was a place of prayer. And sure
enough, when they arrived, they found some women praying.
Paul began to tell these women the good news about Jehovah
God and his Kingdom. One of them was named Lydia, and she
paid close attention. Afterward, Lydia wanted to do something
to show that she really liked the good news that she had heard.
So she urged Paul and Luke: If you men have judged me to be
faithful to Jehovah, enter into my house and stay. And she just
made them come to her home.Acts 16:13-15.
Lydia was glad to have these servants of God in her home. She
loved them because they helped her to learn about Jehovah and
Jesus and about how people could live forever. It made her happy to be able to give Paul and Luke food to eat and a place to rest.
So Lydias giving made her happy because she really wanted to
give. That is something that we ought to remember. Someone
may tell us that we have to give a gift. But if we really dont want
to do it, the giving will not make us happy.
For example, what if you had some candy that you wanted to
eat? If I told you that you had to give some of it to another child,
would you be happy to give it away? But what if you had some
candy when you met a friend whom you liked very much? If you
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got the idea all by yourself to share some of it with your friend,
wouldnt that make you happy?
Sometimes we love a person so much that we want to give him
everything and not keep back anything for ourselves. As we grow
in our love for God, that is the way we should feel about Him.
The Great Teacher knew of a poor woman who felt that
way. He saw her at the temple in Jerusalem.
Why was this poor
She had just two small coins; that is all
woman happy to
give all she had?
she had. But she put both of them in the
box as a contribution, or gift, for the temple. No one made her do it. Most of the
people there did not even know what she
had done. She did it because she wanted
to and because she really loved Jehovah.
It made her happy to be able to give.
Luke 21:1-4.
There are many ways in which we
can give. Can you think of some?
If we give because we really want to,
we will be happy. That is why the
Great Teacher tells us: Practice giving. (Luke 6:38) If we do, we will
be making other people happy. And
we will be the happiest of all!
Lets read some more about
how giving brings happiness, at
Matthew 6:1-4; Luke 14:12-14;
and 2 Corinthians 9:7.
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DO YOU REMEMBER
TO SAY THANK YOU?

ID you eat a meal today? Do you know who prepared


it? Perhaps your mother did or someone else, but
why should we thank God for it? Because God is the
one who makes it possible for food to grow. However, we should
also thank the one who prepared the meal or the one who
served it to us.
Sometimes we forget to say thank you when others do kind
things for us, dont we? When the Great Teacher was on earth,
there were some lepers who forgot to say thank you.
Do you know what a leper is? A leper is a person who has
a sickness called leprosy. That sickness can even cause some of
the persons esh to fall o. When Jesus lived on earth, lepers
had to live away from other people. And if a leper saw another
person coming, he had to call out to warn that person to stay
away from him. This was done so that other people would not
get too close and maybe get the lepers sickness.
Jesus was very kind to lepers. One day on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus had to pass through a small town. When he got near
the town, ten lepers came out to see him. They had heard that
Jesus had power from God to cure all kinds of sicknesses.
The lepers did not come close to Jesus. They stood far o.
But they believed that Jesus could take away their leprosy.
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What is Jesus telling


these lepers to do?

So when the lepers saw the Great Teacher, they called out to
him: Jesus, Teacher, help us!
Do you feel sorry for people who are sick? Jesus did. He
knew how sad it was to be a leper. So he answered them and
said: Go and show yourselves to the priests.Luke 17:11-14.
Why did Jesus tell them to do this? It was because of the law
that Jehovah had given to His people about lepers. This law
said that Gods priest was to look at the esh of a leper. The
priest would tell the leper when all of his sickness had left
him. When he was well, he could live with well people again.
Leviticus 13:16, 17.
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But these lepers still had their sickness. So did they go to the priest just as
Jesus told them? Yes, they did, right
away. These men must have believed
that Jesus would take away their sickness. What happened?
Well, while they were on their way
to the priest, their sickness left them. Their esh was healed.
They were made well! Their belief in Jesus power was rewarded. What joy they felt! But, now, what should they have done
to show their thanks? What would you have done?
One of the healed men came back to Jesus. He began giving glory to Jehovah, saying good things about God. That was
the right thing to do because the power to heal
him had come from God. The man also fell
down at the feet of the Great
What did
Teacher and thanked him.
this leper
remember
He was so grateful for what
to do?
Jesus had done.
But what about the other
nine men? Jesus
asked: There
were ten lepers
who were made
well, were there
not? Where are the
other nine? Did only one
turn back to give glory to God?

L E A R N F ROM T H E G RE AT T E AC H E R

Yes, it is true. Only one of the ten gave glory, or praise, to God
and came back to thank Jesus. And this person was a Samaritan,
a man from another country. The other nine men did not
thank God, and they did not thank Jesus.Luke 17:15-19.
Which of those men are you like?
We want to be like the Samaritan
man, dont we? So when someone does something kind for us,
what should we remember to do?
We ought to express our thanks.
People often forget to say thank
you. But it is good to say thank you.
When we do, Jehovah God and
his Son, Jesus, are pleased.
If you think about it, you
will remember that people have
done many things for you. For exHow can you imitate the
leper who returned to Jesus?
ample, have you ever been sick?
You may never have been as sick
as those ten lepers, but you may have had a bad cold or a pain
in your stomach. Did someone take care of you? They may
have given you some medicine and done other things for you.
Were you glad that they helped you to get better?
The Samaritan man thanked Jesus for making him well, and
this made Jesus happy. Do you think that your mother or father
will be happy if you say thank you when they do things for
you? Yes, they will.
Some people do things for you every day or every week.
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It may be their job to do these things. They may even be happy


to do them. But you may forget to say thank you. Your schoolteacher may work hard to help you learn. This is her work. But
she will be pleased if you thank her for helping you to learn.
Sometimes people just do little things for you. Does anyone
ever hold a door open for you? Or does anyone ever pass food to
you at the dinner table? It is good to say thank you for even these
little things.
If we remember to say thank
you to people on earth, then we
are more likely to remember to say
thank you to our Father in heaven. And how many things there
are for which to thank Jehovah!
Why is it important to remember to say
thank you?

He gave us life and all the


good things that make life
pleasant. So we have every
reason to give glory to God
by saying good things about
him each day.
Regarding the expressing of
thanks, read Psalm 92:1 (91:1,
Dy); Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:17; and 1 Thessalonians
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IS IT RIGHT TO FIGHT?

O YOU know any boys or girls who try to act big and
tough? Do you like to be with them? Or would
you rather be with someone who is kind and wants
peace? The Great Teacher said: Happy are the peaceable,
since they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9.
But sometimes other people do things that make us angry.
Isnt that true? So we may feel like getting even with them.
Once this happened to Jesus disciples when they were traveling
with Jesus toward Jerusalem. Let me tell you about it.
When they had gone some distance, Jesus sent a few of his
disciples ahead to a Samaritan village to nd a place for them
to rest. But the people there did not want them to stay,
since the Samaritans had a dierent
religion. And they didnt like
anyone that went to the city of
Jerusalem to worship.
What did James and John
want to do to get even
with the Samaritans?

I S I T R I G H T TO F I G H T ?

If that had happened to you, what would you have done?


Would you have got angry? Would you have wanted to get even
with them? That is what the disciples James and John wanted to do. They said to Jesus: Do you want us to tell re to come
down from heaven and destroy them? No wonder Jesus called
them Sons of Thunder! But Jesus told them it was not right
to treat other people that way.Luke 9:51-56; Mark 3:17.
It is true that people may be mean to us at times. Other children may not want us to play in their games. They may even say:
We dont want you around here. When something like that
happens, it can make us feel bad, cant it? We may feel like
doing something to get even with them. But should we?
Why not get your Bible? Lets turn to Proverbs chapter 24,
verse 29. There it reads: Do not say: Just as he did to me, so
I am going to do to him. I shall repay to each one according
to his acting.
What does that mean to you? It is saying that we should
not try to get even. We should not be mean to a person just
because he was mean to us. But what if someone tries to pick
a ght with you? He may try to get you angry by calling you
names. He may laugh at you and say that youre scared. Suppose
he calls you a coward. What should you do? Should you let
yourself get into a ght?
Again, lets see what the Bible says. Turn to Matthew chapter 5, verse 39. There Jesus says: Do not resist him that is
wicked; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the
other also to him. What do you think Jesus meant by that?
Did he mean that if someone hits you with his st on one side
of your face, you should let him hit you on the other side?
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No, Jesus did not mean that at all. A slap is not like a hit with
the st. It is more like a push or a shove. A person may slap us
to pick a ght. He wants us to get angry. And if we get angry
and we push or shove back, what happens? We will probably
get into a ght.
But Jesus did not want his followers to get into ghts. So he
said that if someone slaps us, we should not slap him back.
We should not become angry and get into a ght. If we do, we
show that we are no better than the one who started the ght.

What should we do if someone tries


to pick a ght with us?

If trouble starts, what do you think is the best thing to do?


It is to walk away. The other person may push or shove you a
few more times. But that will probably be the end of it. When
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you walk away, it does not mean that you are weak. It means
that you are strong for what is right.
But what if you let yourself get into a ght and you win?
What could happen then? The one you beat up could come
back with some friends. They might even hurt you with a big
stick or a knife. So, can you see now why Jesus did not want us
to get into ghts?
What should we do if we see other people ghting? Should
we take sides with one or the other? The Bible tells us what
is right. Turn to Proverbs chapter 26, verse 17. It says: As one
grabbing hold of the ears of a dog is anyone passing by that is
becoming furious at the quarrel that is not his.
What would happen if you grabbed hold of the ears
of a dog? It would hurt the dog, and he would snap
at you, wouldnt he? The more the dog tried to get
loose, the harder you would have to hold
on to the ears and the more excited the
dog would get. If you let him go, he would
probably bite you hard. But can you just
stand there and hold his ears forever?
Well, that is the kind of trouble that we
would be in if we got mixed up in a ght
between other people. We may not know
who started the ght or why they are ghting. One person may be getting beaten up,
How is getting mixed up in other peoples ghts
like grabbing hold of the ears of a dog?
You may get hurt, so dont do it!
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but perhaps he stole something from the other one. If we helped


him, we would be helping a thief. That would not be good,
would it?
So, what should you do if you see a ght? If it is at school,
you can run and tell a teacher. And if it is away from school, you
can call one of your parents or a policeman. Yes, even when
other people want to ght, we should be peaceable.
True disciples of Jesus do all they can to avoid getting into
ghts. In this way we show that we are strong for what is right.
The Bible says that a disciple of Jesus does not need to ght,
but needs to be gentle toward all.2 Timothy 2:24.
Now lets look at more good counsel that will help us stay out of ghts:
Romans 12:17-21 and 1 Peter 3:10, 11.
What should you do
if you see a ght?

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DO YOU ALWAYS
WANT TO BE FIRST?

O YOU know anyone who always wants to be rst?


He may push someone away so that he can be rst in
line. Have you seen that happen? The Great Teacher
saw even grown-ups try to get the rst, or most important,
places. And he did not like it. Lets see what happened.
The Bible tells us that Jesus was invited to a big meal at the
home of a Pharisee, who was an important religious leader.
After Jesus arrived, he began to watch other guests come in and
choose the best places. So he told a story to those who had been
invited. Would you like to hear it?
Have you seen people try to be rst?

Jesus said: When someone invites you to a wedding feast,


do not pick the best, or most important, place. Do you know
why Jesus said that? He explained that someone more important may have been invited. So, as you can see in the picture,
the one giving the feast comes and says: Let this man have the
place, and you go over there. How would the guest feel then?
He would feel shame because all the other guests would watch
him move to the less important place.
Jesus was showing that it is not right to want the highest
place. So he said: When you are invited to a wedding feast,
go and sit in the lowest place. Then the one who has invited you
may come and say, Friend, go on up higher. You will then have
honor in front of all the other guests as you move to the better
place.Luke 14:1, 7-11.
Did you get the point of Jesus
story? Lets give an example
to see if you did. Imagine that
you are getting on a crowded
bus. Should you hurry to get a
seat and let an older person
stand? Would Jesus like it if
you did that?
Someone may say that it does not
make any dierence to Jesus what we do.
But do you believe that? When Jesus
was at that big meal at the home of the Pharisee, he watched
the people as they chose their seats. Dont you think that he
is just as interested in what we do today? Now that Jesus is
in heaven, he certainly is in a good position to watch us.
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When someone tries to be rst, it can cause trouble. Often


there is an argument, and people get angry. Sometimes this happens when children go for a bus ride together. As soon as the
bus doors are opened, the children rush to be rst. They want
the best seats, the ones near the windows. What may happen
then? Yes, they may get mad at one another.
Wanting to be rst can cause a lot of trouble. It even caused
trouble among Jesus apostles. As we learned in Chapter 6
of this book, they argued among themselves about
who was the greatest. What did Jesus do then?
Yes, he corrected them. But later they had another
argument. Lets see how it started.
The apostles, along with others,
are traveling with Jesus for
the last time to the city
of Jerusalem.

What lesson was Jesus


teaching when he told
about those taking the
best, or rst, seats?

L E A R N F ROM T H E G RE AT T E AC H E R

Jesus has been talking to them about his Kingdom, so James and
John have been thinking about ruling as kings with him. They
have even spoken with their mother, Salome, about it. (Matthew
27:56; Mark 15:40) So when they are on their way to Jerusalem,
Salome comes to Jesus, bows before him, and asks a favor.
What do you want? Jesus asks. She answers that she would
like Jesus to let her sons sit right next to him in his Kingdom,
one at his right hand and the other at his left. Well, when the
ten other apostles learn what James and John have had their
mother ask for, how do you think they feel?
Yes, they are very angry at James and John. So Jesus gives all
his apostles some good advice. Jesus tells them that the rulers of
What does Salome ask Jesus for, and what is the result?

D O YOU A LWAYS WA N T TO B E F I R S T ?

the nations love to be big and important. They want to have


a high position where everyone obeys them. But Jesus tells his
followers that they should not be that way. Rather, Jesus says:
Whoever wants to be rst among you must be your slave.
Think of that!Matthew 20:20-28.
Do you know what a slave does? He serves other people,
not expecting others to serve him. He takes the lowest place, not
the rst place. He acts as the least important one, not the most
important. And remember, Jesus said that the one who wants to
be rst should act like a slave toward others.
Now, what do you think that means for us? Would a slave
argue with his master over who is going to get the best seat? Or
would he argue about who is going to eat rst? What do you
think? Jesus explained that a slave always puts his master
before himself.Luke 17:7-10.
So rather than trying to be rst, what should we do? Yes,
we should be like a slave to others. And that means putting others ahead of ourselves. It means considering that others are
more important than we are. Can you think of ways that you
can put others rst? Why not go back to pages 40 and 41 and
look again at some of the ways that you can put others rst by
serving them.
You will remember that the Great Teacher put others ahead
of himself by serving them. The last evening he spent with his
apostles, he even got down and washed their feet. If we also put
others rst by serving them, we will be pleasing both the Great
Teacher and his Father, Jehovah God.
Lets read some more Bible texts that encourage us to put others ahead of
ourselves: Luke 9:48; Romans 12:3; and Philippians 2:3, 4.
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SHOULD WE BRAG
ABOUT ANYTHING?

HAT does it mean to brag? Do you know? Here is


an example. Have you ever tried to do something
that you are not very good at? Maybe you tried to
kick a soccer ball. Or maybe you tried to skip rope. Did anyone
ever say, Ha! Ha! Ha! I can do that better than you can?
Well, that person was bragging.
How do you feel when others do that? Do you like it?
Then, how do you think others feel if you brag about yourself? Is it kind to tell someone else, Im better than you?
Does Jehovah like people who do that?
The Great Teacher knew people who thought they were better than others. They would brag, or boast, about themselves
and look down on everyone else. So one day Jesus told them a
story to show them how wrong it was to brag about themselves.
Lets listen to it.
The story is about a Pharisee and a tax collector. Now, the
Pharisees were religious teachers, who often acted as if they were
more righteous or holier than other people. The Pharisee in
Jesus story went up to Gods temple in Jerusalem to pray.
Jesus said that a tax collector also went up to the temple to
pray. Most people did not like tax collectors. They felt that the
tax collectors were trying to cheat them. And it is true that
many tax collectors were not always honest.
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At the temple, the Pharisee began praying to God this way:


O God, I thank you that I am not a sinner like other people.
I do not cheat people or do other bad things. I am not like that
tax collector over there. I am a righteous man. I go without food
twice a week so that I have more time to think about you. And
I give to the temple a tenth of all the things that I get. The
Pharisee really thought that he was better than others, didnt
he? And he told God about it too.
But the tax collector was not like that. He would not even
raise his eyes toward heaven when he prayed. He kept standing
at a distance with his head bowed. The tax collector was very
sorry about his sins, and he beat his chest in grief. He did not
try to tell God how good he was. Rather, he prayed: O God, be
kind to me a sinner.
Which of these two men do you
think was pleasing to God? Was it the
Pharisee, the one who thought he was
so good? Or was it the tax collector, the
one who felt sorry about his sins?
Jesus said that the tax
collector was the one pleasing to God. Why? Jesus explained: Because everyone
who tries to make it look
as if he is better than other
people will be brought low.
But he that is lowly in his
own eyes will be raised
up.Luke 18:9-14.

Why was God pleased


with the tax collector
but not the Pharisee?

L E A R N F ROM T H E G RE AT T E AC H E R

What was the lesson that Jesus was teaching in his story?
He was teaching that it is wrong to think that we are better than
others. We may not say that we think we are, but by the way we
act, we could show that we think we are. Have you ever acted
that way? Consider the apostle Peter.
When Jesus told his apostles that they would all leave him
when he was arrested, Peter bragged: Even if everyone else leaves
you, I never will! But Peter was wrong. He was too sure of himself. He did leave Jesus. However, he returned, as we will learn
in Chapter 30 of this book.Matthew 26:31-33.
Lets take a modern-day example. Perhaps you and a classmate are being asked some questions at school. What if you are
able to give the answers right away, but the other student is not
able to? Of course, you feel good when you know the answers.
But would it be kind to compare yourself with the one who is
slow to answer? Is it right to try to make yourself look good
by making the other person look bad?
That is what the Pharisee did. He bragged that he was better
than the tax collector. But the Great Teacher said that the Pharisee was wrong. It is true that one person may be able to do a
certain thing better than someone else can. But that does not
mean that he is really a better person.
So if we know more than another person, is that a good reason to brag? Think about it. Did we make our own brain?
No, God is the one who gave each of us a brain. And most of the
things we know, we learned from someone else. Maybe we read
things in a book. Or perhaps someone told us about them. Even
if we figured something out by ourselves, how did we do it?
Yes, by using the brain that God gave us.
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Does it make you a better person if you


know more than someone else?

When a person tries


hard, the kind thing
is for you to say something that makes him
feel good. Tell him that
you like what he did.
Maybe you can even
help him to do better.
That is what you would like people to do for you, isnt it?
Some people are stronger than others. What if you are stronger than your brother or sister? Is that any reason for you to
brag? No, it isnt. It is the food we eat that helps us to grow
strong. And God gives the sunshine
and the rain and everything else that
Why is it wrong to brag
is needed to make food grow, doesnt
if we are stronger than
he? So, then, it is God we should
another person?
thank if we grow strong.Acts 14:
16, 17.
None of us like to hear someone
brag about himself, do we? Lets
remember Jesus words: Just as you
want other people to do to you, do
the same way to them. If we do
that, we will never be like the Pharisee who bragged about himself in
the story that the Great Teacher told.
Luke 6:31.
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Once someone called Jesus good. Did the Great Teacher say,
Yes, I am good? No, he didnt. Instead, he said: Nobody is
good, except one, God. (Mark 10:18) Even though the Great
Teacher was perfect, he did not brag about himself. Rather, he
gave all praise to his Father, Jehovah.
So, is there anyone whom we can brag about? Yes, there is.
We can brag about our Creator, Jehovah God. When we see
a beautiful sunset or some other marvel of creation, we can
tell someone, Our wonderful God, Jehovah, made this! Lets
always be ready to speak about the grand things Jehovah has
already done and will do in the future.
Read what the Scriptures say about bragging, or boasting, and learn how
we should avoid bragging about ourselves: Proverbs 16:5, 18; Jeremiah 9:23,
24; 1 Corinthians 4:7; and 13:4.
What is this boy bragging about?

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WHY WE SHOULD NOT LIE

UPPOSE that a girl tells her mother: Yes, I will come


home right after school. But then she stays and plays
with her friends and later tells her mother: My teacher
made me stay after school. Would it be all right to say something like that?
Or perhaps a boy tells his father: No, I didnt kick the ball
in the house. But what if he really did? Would it be wrong to
say that he didnt?

The Great Teacher showed us


the right thing to do. He said:
Just let your word Yes mean
Yes, and your No, No; for anything else is from the wicked
one. (Matthew 5:37) What
did Jesus mean by that?
He meant that we should do
what we say.
There is a story in the Bible that shows how important
it is to tell the truth. It is about
two people who said that they
were disciples of Jesus. Lets
see what happened.
What has this boy done wrong?
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Less than two months after Jesus dies, many people from
faraway places come to Jerusalem for an important festival of
the Jews called Pentecost. The apostle Peter gives a wonderful
talk in which he tells the people about Jesus, whom Jehovah
raised from the dead. This is the rst time many of those who
have come to Jerusalem learn about Jesus. Now they want to
know more. So, what do they do?
They stay longer than they expected.
But after a while, some of them
run out of money, and they
need help so that they
can buy food. The disciples in Jerusalem
want to help the visitors out. So, many
of them sell things
that they own and
bring the money to
Jesus apostles. Then
the apostles give the
money to the ones
who need it.
Ananias and his
wife, Sapphira, who
What lie is Ananias
telling Peter?
are members of the
Christian congregation
in Jerusalem, sell a eld they own. No one tells them to sell
it. They decide that for themselves. But what they do is not
because they love the new disciples of Jesus. Actually, Ananias
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and Sapphira want to make people think that they are better
than they really are. So they decide to say that they are giving all
the money to help others. They are really going to give only a
part of it but say that they are giving it all. What do you think
of that?
Well, Ananias comes to see the apostles. He gives the money
to them. God, of course, knows that he is not giving it all.
So God lets the apostle Peter know that Ananias is not being
truthful about the matter.
Then Peter says: Ananias, why have you let Satan cause you
to do this? The eld was yours. You didnt have to sell it. And
even after you sold the eld, it was up to you to decide what you
would do with the money. But why are you pretending to give
all the money when you are giving only part of it? By this you
are lying, not just to us, but to God.
It is that serious. Ananias is lying! He isnt doing what he says
he is doing. He is only pretending to do it. The Bible tells us
what happens next. It says: On hearing Peters words, Ananias falls down and dies. God strikes Ananias dead! Afterward,
his body is carried outside and buried.
What happens to Ananias
because he lied?

L E A R N F ROM T H E G RE AT T E AC H E R

About three hours later, Sapphira comes in. She does not
know what happened to her husband. So Peter asks her: Did
you two sell the eld for the amount of money that you gave us?
Sapphira answers: Yes, we sold the eld for just that amount.
But that is a lie! They kept for themselves some of the money from the sale of the eld. So God strikes Sapphira dead
too.Acts 5:1-11.
What should we learn from what happened to Ananias and
Sapphira? It teaches us that God does not like liars. He always
wants us to tell the truth. But many people say that it is all right
to tell lies. Do you think that those people are correct? Did
you know that all the sickness, pain, and death on the earth
came about because of a lie?
Remember, the Devil lied to the rst woman, Eve. He told
her that she would not die if she disobeyed God and ate the fruit
that God had said she should not eat. Eve believed the
Devil and ate the fruit. She got Adam to eat it too.
Now they were sinners, and all their children
would be born sinners. And because they were
sinners, all of Adams children suered and
died. How did all the trouble start? It started
with a lie.
No wonder Jesus said that the Devil is a liar
and the father of the lie! He was the rst one
who told a lie. When anyone tells a lie, he is
doing what the Devil did rst. We should
think about this if we ever feel tempted to
Who did Jesus
say told the rst
tell a lie.John 8:44.
lie, and what
was the result?

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When is it that you may feel tempted to lie? Isnt it when


you have done something wrong? Even though you do not
mean to, you may break something. If youre asked about it,
should you say that your brother or sister did it? Or should you
pretend that you dont know how it happened?
What if you were supposed to do your homework but you did
only part of it? Should you say that you did it all, even if you did
not? We should remember Ananias and Sapphira. They did
not tell the whole truth. And God showed how bad that was by
striking them dead.
So no matter what we
may do, it will always make
matters worse if we lie
about it, and we shouldnt
even tell only half of the
truth. The Bible says:
Speak truth. It also
says: Do not be lying
to one another. Jehovah
always speaks the truth,
and he expects us to do
the same.Ephesians 4:25;
Colossians 3:9.
We should always tell the
truth. That is the point made at
Exodus 20:16; Proverbs 6:16-19;
12:19; 14:5; 16:6; and Hebrews
4:13.

When may you be


tempted to lie?

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THE REASON
PEOPLE GET SICK

O YOU know anyone who is sick? You probably get


sick sometimes yourself. You may get a cold, or your
stomach may ache. Some people are very sick. They
cannot even stand up without someone to help them. This
often happens when people get very old.
Everyone gets sick sometimes. Do you know why people get
sick, grow old, and die? One day a man who could not walk
was brought to Jesus, and Jesus showed why people get sick and
die. Let me tell you about it.
Jesus was staying at a house in a town near the Sea of Galilee. A crowd of people came to see him. So many people came
that there was no room for others to enter the house. No one
could even get near the door. Still, people kept coming! One
group of people brought a paralyzed man who could not even
walk. It took four men to carry him on a little bed, or cot.
Do you know why they wanted to bring this sick man to
Jesus? They had faith that Jesus could help him. They believed that Jesus could heal him from that sickness. Do you
know how they got that paralyzed man to Jesus with all those
people in the house?
Well, the picture you see here shows how they did it. First,
they carried the man up onto the roof. It was a at roof. Then,
they made a big hole in it. Finally, they lowered the sick man
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on his cot right through that hole and into the room below.
What faith they had!
All the people in the house were surprised when they saw
what was happening. The paralyzed man on the cot came right
down into their midst. Was Jesus angry when he saw what the
men had done? Not at all! He was glad to see
that they had faith. He said to the paralyzed man:
Your sins are forgiven.
Some of the people did not think it was
right for Jesus to say that. They did not think
that he could forgive sins. So to show that he
really could, Jesus said to the man: Get up,
pick up your cot, and go to your home.
What did Jesus tell the
paralyzed man to do?

L E A R N F ROM T H E G RE AT T E AC H E R

When Jesus said that, the man was healed! He was not paralyzed anymore. Now he was able to get up all
by himself and walk. The people who saw
this miracle were amazed. Never in
all their lives had they seen anything as wonderful as that! They
praised Jehovah for giving them
this Great Teacher, who could
even heal people of their sicknesses.Mark 2:1-12.

What do we learn
from this miracle?

What do we learn from this miracle? We learn that Jesus has the
power to forgive sins and to make sick
people well. But we also learn something
else, something very important. We learn
that people get sick because of sin.

Since we all get sick sometimes, does this


mean that we are all sinners? Yes, the Bible says that all of us are born with sin. Do you know what it
means to be born with sin? It means that we are born imperfect. We sometimes do things wrong, even though we dont
want to. Do you know how we all came to have sin?
We got this way because the rst man, Adam, did not obey
God. He sinned when he broke Gods law. And we all got sin
from Adam. Do you know how we got our sin from him? Let me
try to explain it in a way that you can understand.
Maybe you have helped someone bake bread in a pan.
What will happen to the bread if there is a dent in the pan?
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Do you know? That same mark,


or dent, will show on all the
bread you make in that pan,
wont it?
Adam was like that pan,
and we are like the bread. He became
imperfect when he broke Gods law. It
was as though he had received a dent,
How did all of us
or a bad mark. So when he had children,
come to have sin?
what would they be like? All his children
would receive this same mark of imperfection.
Most children are not born with some big imperfection that
you can see. They do not have an arm or a leg missing. But the
imperfection they have is serious enough that they become sick
and, in time, die.
Of course, some people get sick more often than others. Why
is that? Is it because they are born with more sin? No, everybody is born with the same amount of sin. We are all born imperfect. So, sooner or later, everybody will have some kind of
sickness. Even people who try to obey all of Gods laws and who
do nothing really bad can get sick.
Then, why do some people get sick more often than others? There are many reasons. It may be that they do not have
enough food to eat. Or they may not eat the right kind of food.
They may eat too much cake and candy. Another reason may be
that they stay up too late at night and do not get enough sleep.
Or they may not dress warmly enough before they go out into
the cold. Some peoples bodies are too weak, and they cant
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What kind of health will we have


when our sin is gone?

ght sickness, even if they try to


take care of themselves.
Will there ever be a time when
we will not get sick? Will we ever be
rid of sin? Well, what did Jesus do
for that paralyzed man? Jesus forgave his sins and healed him. In that
way, Jesus showed what he is going to
do one day for all of those who try hard to
do what is right.
If we show that we do not want to sin
and that we hate what is wrong, Jesus will heal
us. In the future, he will remove from us the
imperfection that we now have. He will do
this as King of Gods Kingdom. Sin
will not be removed from us all at
once. It will be taken away over a
period of time. Then when our
sin is nally gone, we will never get sick again. We will all
have perfect health. What a
blessing that will be!
For more thoughts about how
sin aects everyone, read Job
14:4; Psalm 51:5 (50:7,
Dy); Romans 3:23;
5:12; and 6:23.

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NEVER BECOME A THIEF!

AS anyone ever stolen something from you? How did


that make you feel? Whoever stole it was a thief,
and nobody likes a thief. How do you think a person
becomes a thief? Is he born that way?
We just learned that people are born with sin. So all of us are
imperfect. But nobody is born a thief. A thief may come from a
good family. His parents, his brothers, and his sisters may be
honest. But a persons own desire for such things as money and
what money can buy may cause him to become a thief.
Who would you say was the rst thief? Lets think about it.
The Great Teacher knew that person when he was in heaven.
That thief was an angel. But since God had made all angels perfect, how did that angel become a thief? Well, as we learned
in Chapter 8 of this book, he wanted something that was not
his. Do you remember what it was?
After God created the rst man and woman, that angel wanted them to worship him. He had no right to their worship.
Their worship belonged to God. But he stole it! By getting
Adam and Eve to worship him, the angel became a thief. He became Satan the Devil.
What is it that causes a person to become a thief? A desire
for what does not belong to him. This desire can become so strong
that it can make even good people do bad things. Sometimes,
those people who become thieves never do turn around and do
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what is good again. One of them was an apostle of Jesus. His


name was Judas Iscariot.
Judas knew that it was wrong to steal because he had been
taught Gods Law from the time he was a little boy. He knew
that God had once even spoken from heaven and told his people: You must not steal. (Exodus 20:15) When Judas grew up,
he met the Great Teacher and became one of his disciples. Later, Jesus even picked Judas to be one of his 12 apostles.
Jesus and his apostles traveled together. They ate their meals
together. And all the money the group had was kept in a box.
Jesus gave that box to Judas to take care of. Of course, the money did not belong to Judas. But do you know what Judas did after a while?
Judas started to take money from the box when he wasnt
supposed to. He would take it when the others were not looking, and he even tried to nd ways to get more of it. He began
to think about money all the time. Lets see what this wrong desire led to just a few days before the Great Teacher was killed.
Mary, a sister of Jesus friend Lazarus, took some very ne oil
and poured it on the feet of Jesus. But Judas complained. Do you
know why? He said that it was because the oil should have
been sold and the money given to poor people. But he really
wanted to get more money in the box so that he could steal
it.John 12:1-6.
Jesus told Judas not to make trouble for Mary, who had been
so kind. Judas did not like it when Jesus told him that, so he
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ed to arrest Jesus, but they wanted to do it at night so that people could not see them.
Judas told the priests: I will tell you how you can get Jesus if
you give me money. How much will you give me?
We will give you thirty pieces of silver, the priests answered.Matthew 26:14-16.
Judas took the money. It was just as if he was selling the
Great Teacher to those men! Can you imagine anyone doing
such a bad thing? Well, that is the kind of thing
that happens when a person becomes a thief and
steals money. He loves money more than he
loves other people or even God.
Maybe you will say, I will never
love anything more than I love Jehovah God. It is good that
you feel that way. When Jesus
chose Judas as an apostle, that
is probably how Judas felt. Others who became thieves may
have felt that way too. Lets
talk about some of them.
One was a servant
of God named Achan,
who lived long before
the Great Teacher was
born. Achan saw a
Why did Judas steal?

What bad things


are Achan and David
thinking about?

beautiful robe, a bar of gold,


and some pieces of silver.
They did not belong to him.
The Bible says they belonged
to Jehovah because they had
been taken from enemies
of Gods people. But Achan
wanted them so much that
he stole them.Joshua 6:19; 7:11, 20-22.
Here is another example. Long ago, Jehovah chose David to
be king over the people of Israel. One day,
David began to look
at the beautiful woman Bath-sheba. He kept
looking at Bath-sheba
and thinking about taking her home to be with
him. However, she was
Uriahs wife. What should David have
done?
David should have stopped thinking
about having Bath-sheba. But he didnt.
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So David took her home. And then he had Uriah killed. Why
did David do these bad things? Because he kept wanting a
woman who belonged to someone else.2 Samuel 11:2-27.
Because David was sorry, Jehovah let him live. But now
David had a lot of trouble. His son Absalom wanted to take
Davids place as king. So when people came to see David, Absalom would put his arms around them and kiss them. The
Bible says: Absalom kept stealing the hearts of the men of Israel. He got those people to want him to be king instead of
David.2 Samuel 15:1-12.
Have you ever wanted something very much, as Achan, David, and Absalom did? If that thing belongs to someone else,
to take it without permission is stealing. Do you remember what
the rst thief, Satan, wanted? He wanted people to worship
him rather than God. So Satan was stealing when he got Adam
and Eve to obey him.
When a person owns something, he has the right to say who
may use it. For example, you may go to play with other children
in their house. Would it be all right to take something from
there and bring it to your house? Not unless the father or
mother tells you that you can. If you take something home
without asking them, that is stealing.
Why might you be tempted to steal? Because you want
something that does not belong to you. Even if another person
doesnt see you take it, who does? Jehovah God. And we need
to remember that God hates stealing. So love for God and your
neighbor will help you never to become a thief.
The Bible makes clear that it is wrong to steal. Please read Mark 10:1719; Romans 13:9; and Ephesians 4:28.
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CAN THOSE WHO DO BAD


THINGS CHANGE?

OULDNT it be wonderful if everyone did what was


good? But nobody always does good things. Do
you know why we all do bad things sometimes, even
when we want to do what is good? Because all of us are born
with sin. But some people do many very bad things. They hate
other people and hurt them on purpose. Do you think that they
can change and learn to be good?
Look at the young man guarding the outer garments of those
who are throwing stones at Stephen. His Hebrew name is Saul,
but his Roman name is Paul. He is glad that Stephen, who is a
disciple of the Great Teacher, is being killed. Lets see why Saul
does such bad things.
Saul belongs to a Jewish religious group called the Pharisees.
The Pharisees have Gods Word, but they pay more attention to
the teachings of some of their own religious leaders. This makes
Saul do bad things.
When Stephen is arrested in Jerusalem, Saul is right there.
Stephen is taken to court, where some of the judges are Pharisees. Even though bad things are said about Stephen, he is not
afraid. He speaks right up and gives the judges a good witness
about Jehovah God and about Jesus.
But those judges do not like what they hear. They already
know a lot about Jesus. In fact, only a short time before this,
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they had Jesus put to death! But afterward, Jehovah took Jesus
back to heaven. Now, instead of changing their ways, the judges
ght against the disciples of Jesus.
The judges grab hold of Stephen and take him outside the
city. They knock him down and throw stones at him. And, as
you can see in the picture, Saul is there watching. He thinks it
is right to kill Stephen.
Do you know why Saul thought that way? Well, all his life
Saul had been a Pharisee, and he believed that the teachings of
the Pharisees were right. He looked to those men as an example,
so he copied them.Acts 7:54-60.
After Stephen is killed, what does Saul do? Why, he tries to
get rid of the rest of Jesus disciples! He goes right into their
homes and drags out both men and women. Then he has them
thrown into prison. Many of the disciples have to leave Jerusalem, but they do not stop preaching about Jesus.Acts 8:1-4.
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This causes Saul to hate Jesus disciples even more. So he goes


to High Priest Caiaphas and gets approval to arrest Christians
in the city of Damascus. Saul wants to bring them as prisoners
to Jerusalem to have them punished. But when he is on the way
to Damascus, an amazing thing happens.
A light ashes from heaven, and a voice says: Saul, Saul, why
are you persecuting me? It is Jesus speaking from heaven! The
light is so bright that it makes Saul blind, and the people with
Saul have to lead him to Damascus.
Three days later Jesus appears in a vision to one of his disciples in Damascus named Ananias. Jesus tells Ananias to visit
Saul, to take away his blindness, and to talk to him. When
Ananias speaks to him, Saul accepts the truth about Jesus.
He gets his eyesight back. His entire way of life changes, and
he becomes a faithful servant of God.Acts 9:1-22.
Do you see now why Saul used to do bad things? It was
because he had been taught wrong things. He followed men
who were not faithful to God. And he belonged to a group of
people who put the ideas of men ahead of the Word of God.
But why does Saul change his life and begin to do good, even
though other Pharisees continue to ght against God? It is
because Saul does not really hate the truth. So when he is shown
what is right, he is ready to do it.
Do you know who Saul later became? Yes, he became
known as the apostle Paul, an apostle of Jesus. And remember,
Paul wrote more books of the Bible than any other person.
There are many people like Saul who can change. But it is
not easy because there is someone working very hard to make
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people do bad things. Do you know who that is?


Jesus talked about him when Jesus appeared to Saul on
the road to Damascus. There Jesus spoke to Saul
from heaven and said: I am sending you to
open peoples eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan
to God.Acts 26:17, 18.
Yes, it is Satan the Devil who is trying to
get everyone to do bad things. Do you nd it
hard sometimes to do what is right? We all
do. Satan makes it hard. But there is another
reason why it is not always easy to do what is
right. Do you know the reason? It is because we are born with sin.
It is this sin that often makes it easier for
us to do what is wrong than to do what is
right. So, what do we need to do? Yes, we
must ght to do what is right. When we do
that, we can be sure that Jesus, who loves
us, will help us.
When Jesus was on earth,
he came to love people who
had done bad things but had
changed. He knew how hard it
was for them to change. For example, there were women who
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had sex relations with many men. This, of course, was bad. The
Bible calls these women harlots, or prostitutes.
Once, a woman like that heard about Jesus, and she came to
where he was at the house of a Pharisee. She poured oil on Jesus
feet and wiped o her tears from his feet with her hair. She was
very sorry for her sins, so Jesus forgave her. But the Pharisee did
not think she should be forgiven.Luke 7:36-50.
Do you know what Jesus said to some of the Pharisees?
He told them: The harlots are going ahead of you into the
kingdom of God. (Matthew 21:31) Jesus said this because
the harlots believed him, and they
changed their bad ways. But the
Pharisees kept doing bad things to
Jesus disciples.
So when the Bible shows that
what we are doing is bad, we should
be willing to change. And when
we learn what Jehovah wants us
to do, we should be eager to
do it. Then Jehovah will
be happy with us and will
give us everlasting life.
To help us avoid doing what is
bad, lets read together Psalm 119:911 (118:9-11, Dy); Proverbs 3:5-7;
and 12:15.

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this woman who had
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WHY IT IS HARD TO DO GOOD

HEN Saul did bad things, who was pleased? Satan


the Devil was. But the religious leaders of the Jews
were too. Then when Saul became a disciple of the
Great Teacher and was called Paul, those religious leaders began
to hate him. So, can you see why it is hard for a disciple of Jesus
to do good?
The high priest who was
named Ananias once told men
to hit Paul in the face. Ananias
even tried to have Paul put in
prison. Paul suered a lot when
he became a disciple of Jesus.
For example, bad people beat
Paul and tried to kill him with
big stones.Acts 23:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 11:24, 25.
Many will try to get us to do
things that displease God. So
the question is, How much do
you love what is good? Do you
love it so much that you will do
what is good even when others
hate you for it? It takes courage
to do that, doesnt it?
What did Paul suer when
he did what was good?

Why are these people


trying to kill Jesus?

You may wonder, Why would people hate us for doing good?
Shouldnt they be glad? You would think so. Often people liked
Jesus for the good things he did. Once, all the people of a city
gathered at the door of the house where he was staying. They
came because Jesus had been healing sick people.Mark 1:33.
But sometimes people did not like what Jesus taught. Even
though he always taught what was right, some showed real
hatred for him because he spoke the truth. This happened one
day in Nazareth, the city where Jesus grew up. He went into the
synagogue, a place where Jewish people met to worship God.
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There Jesus gave a ne talk from the Scriptures. The people


liked it at rst. They were amazed at the ne words that came
out of his mouth. They could hardly believe that this was the
young man who had grown up in their own city.
But then Jesus said something else. He told about times when
God showed special favor to people who were not Jews. When
Jesus said this, those in the synagogue became angry. Do you
know why? They thought that they were the only ones who
had Gods special favor. They thought that they were better
than other people. So they hated Jesus for what he said. And do
you know what they tried to do to him?
The Bible says: They grabbed Jesus and rushed him outside
the city. They led him to the edge of a mountain and were going
to throw him over the cli and kill him! But Jesus got away from
them.Luke 4:16-30.
If that happened to you, would you ever go back to talk to
those people about God? That would take courage, wouldnt
it? Well, about a year later, Jesus did go back to Nazareth. The
Bible says: He began to teach them in their synagogue. Jesus
did not stop speaking the truth because of fear of men who
had no love for God.Matthew 13:54.
On another day, a sabbath, Jesus was in a place where there
was a man whose hand was withered, or crippled. Jesus had
power from God to heal that man. But some of the men there
were trying to make trouble for Jesus. What would the Great
Teacher do? First he asked: If you had a sheep that fell into a
big hole on the Sabbath, would you lift it out?
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Yes, they would do that for a sheep, even on the Sabbath, the
day when they were supposed to rest. So Jesus said: It is even
better to help a man on the Sabbath, since a man is worth more
than a sheep! How clear it was that Jesus should help this man
by healing him!
Jesus told the man to stretch out his hand. Right away it was
made well. How happy that man was! But what about those other men? Were they glad? No. They hated Jesus even more.
They went out and made plans to kill him!Matthew 12:9-14.
It is like that today. No matter what we do, we can never
please everyone. So we have to decide whom we really want to
please. If it is Jehovah God and his Son, Jesus Christ, then we
must always do what they teach. But if we do, who will hate us?
Who will make it hard for us to do what is good?
Satan the Devil will. But who else will? Those who
have been fooled by the Devil into believing wrong things.
Jesus told the religious leaders of his day: You are from
your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your
father.John 8:44.
There are many people the Devil likes. Jesus calls them the
world. What do you think the world is that Jesus speaks
about? Well, lets look at John chapter 15, verse 19, and see.
There we read these words of Jesus: If you were part of the
world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because
you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the
world, on this account the world hates you.
So the world that hates Jesus disciples is made up of all
the people who are not his followers. Why does the world
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hate Jesus disciples? Think about it. Who is the ruler of


the world? The Bible says: The whole world is lying in
the power of the wicked one. That wicked one is Satan the
Devil.1 John 5:19.
Do you see now why it is so hard to do good? Satan and his
world make it hard. But there is another reason. Do you remember what it is? In Chapter 23 of this book, we learned that
we are all born with sin. Wont it be wonderful when sin, the
Devil, and his world are gone?
The Bible promises: The world is
passing away. This means that all of
those who are not followers of the
Great Teacher will be no more. They
will not be allowed to live forever.
Do you know who will live forever? The Bible goes on to say:
He that does the will of God remains forever. (1 John 2:17) Yes,
only those who do good, who do the
will of God, will live forever in Gods
new world. So even if it is hard, we
want to do good, dont we?
Lets read together these scriptures
that show why it is not easy to do what
is good: Matthew 7:13, 14; Luke 13:23,
24; and Acts 14:21, 22.

When this world passes away,


what will happen to
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WHO IS YOUR GOD?

HY is the question, Who is your God? an important


one? Because people worship many gods. (1 Corinthians 8:5) When the apostle Paul received power from Jehovah to heal a man who had never walked before,
the people cried out: The gods have become like humans and
have come down to us! The people wanted to worship Paul and
his friend Barnabas. They called Paul Hermes and Barnabas
Zeus, which were the names of false gods.
But Paul and Barnabas would not let the people worship
them. They leaped into the crowd and said: Turn from these
vain things to the living God. (Acts 14:8-15) Who is the living God, who created all things? Yes, he is Jehovah, the
Most High over all the earth. Jesus called Jehovah the only
true God. So, then, who alone deserves to be worshiped?
Only Jehovah!Psalm 83:18; John 17:3; Revelation 4:11.
Most people worship gods other than the only true God.
They often worship things that they make from wood, stone, or
metal. (Exodus 32:4-7; Leviticus 26:1; Isaiah 44:14-17) Even
men and women who become famous are sometimes called
gods, stars, or idols. Is it right to give glory to them?
After Saul became the apostle Paul, he wrote: The god of
this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers.
(2 Corinthians 4:4) Who is this god? Yes, Satan the Devil!
Satan has been able to get people to worship many people and
things.
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When Satan tried to get Jesus to bow down and worship him,
what did Jesus tell Satan? It is Jehovah your God you must
worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.
(Matthew 4:10) So Jesus made it clear that worship belongs only
to Jehovah. Lets read about some young men who knew this.
Their names were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
These young Hebrews were part of Gods nation of Israel and
had been taken captive to the land of Babylon. There a king
named Nebuchadnezzar built a huge image of gold. One day he
commanded that when music was played, everyone should bow
down to the image. Whoever does not bow down and worship
will be thrown into the burning ery furnace, he warned. What
would you have done?
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down to the image?

Usually, Shadrach, Meshach,


and Abednego did everything that the king
commanded. But they refused to do this. Do you know why?
It was because Gods law said: You must not have any other gods
besides me. You must not make for yourself a carved image
and bow down to it. (Exodus 20:3-5) So Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego obeyed the law of Jehovah rather than the command of the king.
The king was very angry, so right away he had the three
young Hebrews brought before him. He asked: Is it really so
that you are not serving my own gods? I will give you another
chance. Now, when you hear the music, fall down and worship
the image I have made. If you do not, you will be thrown into
the burning ery furnace. And who is that god that can rescue
you out of my hands?
What would the young men do now? What would you have
done? They said to the king: Our God whom we are serving
is able to rescue us. But even if he does not do it, your gods are
not the ones we will serve. We will not bow down to your image
of gold.
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The king was furious. He commanded: Heat the furnace seven times hotter than usual! He then ordered his strong men to
tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into
the furnace! The furnace was so hot that the kings own men
were killed by the ames! What about the three Hebrews?
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell right into the middle
of the re. But then they got up! They were not hurt. And they
were no longer tied up. How could this be possible? The king
looked into the furnace, and what he saw made him afraid. Did
we not throw three men into the re? he asked. His servants
answered: Yes, O king.
Then the king said: Look! I see four persons walking about in there, and the re is not hurting any of
them. Do you know who that fourth person was? It
was Jehovahs angel. He protected the three Hebrews
from getting hurt.
Well, on seeing this, the king came to the door of
the furnace and cried out: Shadrach, Meshach and
How did Jehovah save his servants from the ery furnace?

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Abednego, you servants of the Most High


God, step out and come here! When they
came out, everyone could see that they had
not been burned. There was not even the smell
of re on them. Then the king said: Blessed be
the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who sent an angel to save his servants because they would not worship any god at all
except their own God.Daniel, chapter 3.
We can learn a lesson from what happened back then. Even today men set up
images, or idols, for worship. The Encyclopedia Americana says: The ag, like the
cross, is sacred. Images can be made of wood,
stone, metal, or cloth. Early disciples of Jesus
would not do an act of worship to the Roman
emperor, which the historian Daniel P. Mannix
said could be compared with refusing to salute
the ag or repeat the oath of allegiance.
So do you think it makes a dierence to God
if a religious image is made out of cloth, wood,
What idols do stone, or metal? Would it be right for a serpeople give
vant of Jehovah to do an act of worship beglory to today?
fore such an image? Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego wouldnt do it, and Jehovah was pleased with them.
How can you copy their example?
Those who serve Jehovah cannot worship any other person or thing. Read
what is said about this at Joshua 24:14, 15, 19-22; Isaiah 42:8; 1 John 5:21;
and Revelation 19:10.
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HOW TO KNOW
WHOM TO OBEY

OMETIMES it is hard to know whom we should obey.


Your mother or father may tell you to do one thing.
But then a schoolteacher or a policeman may tell you to
do something dierent. If that happened, which one of them
would you obey?

Earlier in this book, in Chapter 7, we read Ephesians 6:1-3


from the Bible. There it says that children should obey their
parents. Be obedient to your parents in union with the Lord,
the scripture says. Do you know what it means to be in union
with the Lord? Parents who are in union with the Lord teach
their children to obey Gods laws.
But some older people do not believe in Jehovah. So, what if
one of them says that it is all right to cheat on a school test or
to take something from a store without paying for it? Is it all
right, then, for a child to cheat or steal?
Remember, King Nebuchadnezzar once commanded everyone to bow down to the golden image he had set up. But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego wouldnt bow down. Do you
know why? Because the Bible says that people should worship only Jehovah.Exodus 20:3; Matthew 4:10.
After Jesus died, his apostles were brought before the Sanhedrin, the main religious court of the Jews. High Priest Caiaphas
said: We positively ordered you not to keep teaching upon the
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basis of [Jesus] name, and yet, look! you have lled Jerusalem
with your teaching. Why didnt the apostles obey the Sanhedrin? Peter, speaking for
all the apostles, answered
What is Peter saying
to Caiaphas?
Caiaphas: We must obey
God as ruler rather
than men.Acts 5:
27-29.
Back at that time, the
religious leaders of the
Jews had a lot of power. However, their country was under the rule of
the Roman government.
The head of that government was called Caesar.
Even though the Jews did
not want Caesar to rule
them, the Roman government did many good things
for the people. And governments today also do good things for their citizens. Do you know
what some of these things are?
Governments build roads for travel and pay policemen and
remen to protect us. They may also provide schooling for the
young and health care for the elderly. It costs money for a government to do these things. Do you know where the government gets the money? From the people. The money that
people pay to the government is called taxes.
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When the Great Teacher lived on earth, many Jews did not
want to pay taxes to the Roman government. So one day the
priests hired some men to ask Jesus a question to try to get him
into trouble. The question was, Do we have to pay tax to Caesar or not? This was a trick question. If Jesus answered, Yes,
you must pay taxes, many of the Jews would not like what he
said. But Jesus could not say, No, you dont need to pay taxes.
It would be wrong to say that.
So, what did Jesus do? Well, he said: Show me a coin. When
they brought him one, Jesus asked them: Whose picture and
name are on it? The men said: Caesars. So Jesus said: By all
means, then, pay back Caesars things to Caesar, but Gods
things to God.Luke 20:19-26.
Well, no one could nd anything wrong with that answer.
If Caesar does things for people, it is only right to use the money that Caesar has made to pay him for these things. So in this
way, Jesus showed that it is right to pay taxes to the government
for the things we receive.
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Now, you may not be old enough to pay taxes. But there is
something that you should give to the government. Do you
know what it is? Obedience to the governments laws. The
Bible says: Be obedient to the superior authorities. These
authorities are those who have power in the government. So
God is the one who says that we should obey the laws of the government.Romans 13:1, 2.
There may be a law not to throw paper or other things on the
street. Should you obey that law? Yes, God wants you to obey
it. Should you be obedient to policemen too? The government pays policemen to protect people. Obeying them is the
same as obeying the government.
So if you are about to cross a street and a policeman says
Wait! what should you do? If others run across anyway,
should you? You should wait, even if you are the only one
who is waiting. God tells you to obey.
There may be trouble in the neighborhood, and a policeman may say: Stay o the streets. Dont go outside. But
you may hear shouting and wonder whats going on. Should
you go outside to see? Would this be obeying the superior
authorities?
In many places, the government also builds schools, and it
pays the teachers. So do you think that God wants you to obey
the teacher? Think about it. The government pays the teacher
to teach, just as it pays a policeman to protect people. So being
obedient to either a policeman or a teacher is like obeying the
government.
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But what if a teacher says that you must do an act of


worship to some image? What would you do then? The
three Hebrews did not bow down to the image, even when
King Nebuchadnezzar told them to. Do you remember why?
Because they did not want to disobey God.
A history writer named Will Durant wrote about the early
Christians and said that their highest allegiance [or, loyalty]
did not belong to Caesar. No, it belonged to Jehovah! So remember that God should come rst in our lives.
We obey the government because that is what God wants us
to do. But if we are told to do something that God says we
should not do, what should we say? We should say what the
apostles said to the high priest: We must obey God as ruler
rather than men.Acts 5:29.
Respect for the law is taught in the Bible. Read what is written at Matthew 5:41; Titus 3:1; and 1 Peter 2:12-14.
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DO ALL PARTIES PLEASE GOD?

O YOU like to have parties? They can be lots of fun.


Do you think the Great Teacher would want us to go to
parties? Well, he went to what could be called a party
when someone got married, and some of his disciples
went with him. Jehovah is the happy God, so he
is pleased when we enjoy ourselves at good parties.
1 Timothy 1:11; John 2:1-11.
Page 29 of this book tells us that Jehovah parted the Red Sea to let the Israelites pass through. Do
you remember reading that? Afterward, the
people sang and danced and gave thanks to
Jehovah. It was like a party. The people
were very happy, and we can be sure that
God was happy too.Exodus 15:1, 20, 21.
Nearly 40 years later, the Israelites
went to another big party. This time the
people who invited them did not even
worship Jehovah. In fact, the people who
invited them even bowed down to worship other gods and would have sex relations with people they were not married
to. Do you think it was all right to go
to a party like that? Well, Jehovah was
not pleased, and he punished the Israelites.
Numbers 25:1-9; 1 Corinthians 10:8.
Why was God pleased with this party?

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The Bible also tells about two birthday parties. Was one of
them to celebrate the birthday of the Great Teacher? No.
Both of these birthday parties were for men who did not serve
Jehovah. One was the birthday party for King Herod Antipas.
He was the ruler of the district of Galilee when Jesus lived there.
King Herod did many bad things. He took the wife of his
brother for himself. Her name was Herodias. Gods servant
John the Baptist told Herod that it was wrong for him to do
that. Herod did not like that. So he had John locked up in
prison.Luke 3:19, 20.
While John was in prison, the day came for celebrating
Herods birth. Herod gave a big party. He invited many important people. They all ate and drank and enjoyed themselves.
Then the daughter of Herodias came in and danced for them.
Everyone was so pleased with her dancing that King Herod
wanted to give her a special gift. He said to her: Whatever you
ask me for, I will give it to you, up to half my kingdom.
What happened at Herods birthday party?

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What would she ask for? Would it be money? pretty clothes?


a palace of her own? The girl did not know what to say. So she
went to her mother, Herodias, and said: What should I ask for?
Now Herodias hated John the Baptist very much. So she told
her daughter to ask for his head. The girl went back to the king
and said: I want you to give me right away on a platter the head
of John the Baptist.
King Herod did not want to kill John because he knew that
John was a good man. But Herod had made a promise, and he
was afraid of what others at the party would think if he changed
his mind. So he sent a man to the prison to chop o the head of
John. Soon the man came back. He had Johns head on a platter,
and he gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother.
Mark 6:17-29.
The other birthday party that the Bible tells about wasnt
any better. It was for a king of Egypt. During this party also,
the king had someones head chopped o. Then, after
Why could Jesus birth not have been on December 25?

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that, he hung the man up for the birds to eat! (Genesis 40:1922) Do you think that God approved of those two parties?
Would you have wanted to be at them?
We know that everything in the Bible is there for a reason.
It tells about just two birthday parties. And at both of them,
bad things were done as part of the celebration. So, what would
you say that God is telling us about birthday parties? Does God
want us to celebrate birthdays?
It is true that at such parties today, people do not chop o
someones head. But the whole idea of celebrating birthdays started with people who did not worship the true God. The Catholic
Encyclopedia says about the birthday celebrations mentioned in
the Bible: Only sinners . . . make great rejoicings over the day on
which they were born. Do we want to be like them?
What about the Great Teacher? Did he celebrate his birthday? No, the Bible does not say anything about a birthday party
for Jesus. In fact, Jesus early followers did not celebrate his birthday. Do you know why people later chose to celebrate Jesus
birthday on December 25?
That date was chosen because, as The World Book Encyclopedia
says, the people of Rome already observed it as the Feast of Saturn, celebrating the birthday of the sun. So people chose to celebrate Jesus birthday on a date when pagans already had a holiday!
Do you know why Jesus could not have been born in December? Because the Bible says that when Jesus was born, shepherds were still in the elds at night. (Luke 2:8-12) And they
would not have been out there in the cold, rainy month of
December.
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Many people know that Christmas is not the birthday of


Jesus. They even know that on that day pagans had a celebration that was not pleasing to God. But many celebrate Christmas anyway. They are more concerned with having a party than
with nding out what God really thinks about it. But we want
to please Jehovah, dont we?
So when we have parties, we want to make sure that they
are good ones in Jehovahs eyes. We can have them anytime
during the year. We dont have to wait for a special day. We can
eat some special food and have fun playing games. Would you
like to do that? Maybe you can talk with your parents and
plan a party with their help. That would be nice, wouldnt it?
But before you make the plans for a party, you want to make
sure it is something that God would approve.
The importance of always doing what God approves is also shown at
Proverbs 12:2; John 8:29; Romans 12:2; and 1 John 3:22.
How can we make
sure our parties are
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HELP TO OVERCOME
OUR FEARS

O YOU nd it easy to serve Jehovah? The Great


Teacher didnt say it would be easy to do. The night before Jesus was killed, he told his apostles: If the world
hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.
John 15:18.
Peter bragged that he would never leave Jesus, but Jesus said
that Peter would deny knowing him three times that very night.
And this is exactly what Peter did! (Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75)
How could such a thing happen? It happened because Peter
became afraid, and so did the other apostles.
Do you know why the apostles became afraid? They had
failed to do something very important. Learning about this can
help us to serve Jehovah, no matter what anyone may say or do
to us. To begin with, though, we need to review what happened
on the last night that Jesus spent with his apostles.
First, they celebrate the Passover together. This was a special
meal held every year to remind Gods people of their deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Then Jesus introduces another special meal with them. We will discuss it in a later chapter and
explain how that meal helps us to remember Jesus. After that
meal and after words of encouragement to his apostles, Jesus
takes them out to the garden of Gethsemane. This is a favorite
place they have often visited.
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Jesus goes o by himself in the garden to pray. He also tells


Peter, James, and John to pray. But they fall asleep. Three times
Jesus goes away by himself to pray, and three times he comes
back to nd Peter and the others sleeping! (Matthew 26:36-47)
Do you know why they should have stayed awake to pray?
Lets talk about this.
Judas Iscariot was at the Passover with Jesus and the other
apostles earlier that evening. As you may remember, Judas had
become a thief. Now he becomes a traitor. He knows about the
place in the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus has often met
together with his apostles. So Judas brings soldiers there to
arrest Jesus. When they arrive, Jesus asks them: Whom are
you looking for?
The soldiers reply: Jesus. Jesus is not afraid, so he answers:
I am he. The soldiers are so surprised by Jesus courage that
they draw back and fall to the ground. Then Jesus says: If it is
I you are looking for, let my apostles go.John 18:1-9.
When the soldiers grab Jesus and tie him up, the apostles
become afraid and run away. But Peter and John want to nd
out what happens, so they follow at a distance. Eventually, Jesus
is brought to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest. Since John
is known to the high priest, the gatekeeper lets him and Peter
into the courtyard.
The priests have already come together at the home of Caiaphas to have a trial. They want to have Jesus put to death.
So they bring in witnesses who tell lies about him. The people
hit Jesus with their sts and slap him. While all of this is happening, Peter is nearby.
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A servant girl, the gatekeeper who let Peter and John in, notices Peter. You, too, were with Jesus! she says. But Peter denies
even knowing Jesus. After a while another girl recognizes Peter
and says to those standing by: This man was with Jesus. Again
Peter denies knowing him. Sometime later a group of people
see Peter and say to him: Certainly you also are one of them.
For the third time Peter denies it, saying: I do not know the
man! Peter even swears that he is telling the truth, and Jesus
turns and looks at him.Matthew 26:57-75; Luke 22:54-62;
John 18:15-27.
Do you know why Peter lied? Yes, because he was afraid.
But why was he afraid? What had he failed to do to build up his
courage? Think about it. What had Jesus done to gain courage? He had prayed to God, and God helped him to have
courage. And remember, Jesus had told Peter three times to pray
and to stay awake and to keep on the watch. But what had
happened?
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Each time, Peter fell asleep. He did not pray,


and he did not keep watching. So he was taken by
surprise when Jesus was arrested. Later at the trial,
when they hit Jesus and made plans to have him
put to death, Peter got scared. Yet, just a few
hours before, what did Jesus tell his
apostles to expect? Jesus told them
that just as the world had hated him,
it would hate them too.
Now lets think of something
that could happen to us that is like
what happened to Peter. Suppose
you are in a classroom when others
start to say bad things about people
who do not salute the ag or who
How might you nd yourself
in a situation similar to
that of Peter?

H E L P TO OV E RC OM E OU R F E A R S

do not celebrate Christmas. Then what if someone turns to you


and asks: Is it true you dont salute the ag? Or others say: We
hear you dont even celebrate Christmas! Would you be afraid
to tell the truth? Would you be tempted to lie, as Peter did?
Afterward, Peter was very sorry that he had denied knowing
Jesus. When he realized what he had done, he went outside and
cried. Yes, he returned to Jesus. (Luke 22:32) Now think about
it. What can help us not to become so afraid that we say something like Peter did? Remember, Peter had failed to pray and
to keep on the watch. So, what would you say that we need to
do to be a follower of the Great Teacher?
We certainly need to pray to Jehovah for help. When Jesus
prayed, do you know what God did for him? He sent an angel
to strengthen him. (Luke 22:43) Can Gods angels help us?
The Bible says: The angel of Jehovah is camping all around
those fearing him, and he rescues them. (Psalm 34:7) But to
receive Gods help, we need to do more than pray for it. Do you
know what else we need to do? Jesus told his followers to stay
awake and keep on the watch. How would you say we can
do that?
We need to listen carefully to what is said at our Christian
meetings and to pay attention to what we read from the Bible.
But we also need to pray to Jehovah regularly and to ask him to
help us serve him. If we do, we will receive help to overcome our
fears. Then we will be glad when we have an opportunity to tell
others about the Great Teacher and his Father.
These scriptures can help us never to let fear of other people hold us back
from doing what is right: Proverbs 29:25; Jeremiah 26:12-15, 20-24; and
John 12:42, 43.
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WHERE TO FIND COMFORT

O YOU ever feel sad and lonely? Do you ever wonder


if anybody loves you? Some children do. But God
promises: I myself shall not forget you. (Isaiah 49:15)
Isnt that wonderful to think about? Yes, Jehovah God really
does love us!
One Bible writer said: In case my own father and my own
mother did leave me, even Jehovah himself would take me up.
(Psalm 27:10) Knowing that can be a real comfort to us, cant
it? Yes, Jehovah tells us: Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
. . . I will really help you.Isaiah 41:10.
Sometimes, though, Jehovah lets Satan make trouble for us.
Jehovah even lets Satan test His servants. The Devil once made
Jesus suer so much that Jesus cried out to Jehovah: My God,
my God, why have you left me? (Matthew 27:46) Even though
Jesus was suering, he still knew that Jehovah loved him. (John
10:17) But Jesus also knew that God lets Satan test His servants
and allows Satan to cause them to suer. In another chapter we
will explain why God lets Satan do this.
When we are little, it is hard not to be afraid sometimes. For
example, have you ever been lost? Were you scared? Many
children would be. The Great Teacher once told a story about one
that was lost. But it was not a child who was lost. It was a sheep.
In some ways you are like a sheep. How is that? Well, sheep
are not very big or strong. And they need someone to take
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care of them and to protect them. The


man who takes care of sheep is called a
shepherd.
In his story Jesus told about a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. But then
one of the sheep got lost. It may have
wanted to see what was on the other side
of the hill. But before long, that sheep was
far away from the others. Can you imagine
how that sheep felt when it looked around
and saw that it was all alone?
What would the shepherd do when he
found that the one sheep was missing? Would
he say that this was all the sheeps fault anyway so he wasnt going to worry about it?
Or would he leave the 99 sheep in a safe place
and go looking for just the one? Would one sheep
be worth that much trouble? If you were that
lost sheep, would you want the shepherd to look
for you?
The shepherd loved all his sheep very much, even
the one that was lost. So he went in search of the missing one. Think of how glad that lost sheep was when it saw
the shepherd coming! And Jesus said that the shepherd
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more than over the 99 sheep that had not got lost. Now, who
is like that shepherd in Jesus story? Who cares for us as much
as that shepherd did for his sheep? Jesus said that his Father
in heaven does. And his Father is Jehovah.
Jehovah God is the Great Shepherd of his people. He loves all
of those who serve him, including young ones like you. He does
not want any of us to be hurt or destroyed. Surely it is wonderful to know that God cares for us that much!Matthew
18:12-14.
Do you really believe in Jehovah God? Is he a real person
to you? It is true that we cannot see Jehovah. This is because
he is a Spirit. He has a body that is invisible to our eyes.
Who is like the shepherd
that has rescued his sheep?

But he is a real
person, and he can see us. He
knows when we need help. And
we can talk to him in prayer, just
as we talk to another person on
earth. Jehovah wants us to do this.

W H E RE TO F I N D C OM F O RT

So if you ever feel sad or all alone, what should you do?
Talk to Jehovah. Draw close to him, and he will comfort and
help you. Remember that Jehovah loves you, even when you feel
as if you are all alone. Lets get our Bible. Here in Psalm 23, we
are told, beginning at verse 1: Jehovah is my Shepherd. I shall
lack nothing. In grassy pastures
he makes me lie down; by wellwatered resting-places he conducts me.
Notice what the writer adds,
in verse 4: Even though I walk
in the valley of deep shadow, I fear nothing bad, for you
are with me; your rod and your
sta are the things that comfort me. Thats the way people feel if their God is Jehovah.
They nd comfort when they
are in trouble. Is that the way
you feel?

Is Jehovah as real to you

as your father or
As a loving shepherd takes
some other person is?
care of his ock, so Jehovah
takes good care of his people.
He shows them the right way to go, and they gladly follow him.
Even when there is trouble all around them, they do not need
to be afraid. A shepherd uses his rod or his sta to protect the
sheep from animals that might harm them. The Bible tells
about how the young shepherd David protected his sheep from
a lion and a bear. (1 Samuel 17:34-36) And Gods people know
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that Jehovah will protect them too. They can feel safe because
God is with them.
Jehovah really loves his sheep, and he tenderly cares for them.
The Bible says: Like a shepherd he will lead his own sheep.
With his arms he will collect the little ones together.Isaiah
40:11.
Doesnt it make you feel good to know that Jehovah is like
that? Do you want to be one of his sheep? Sheep listen to
the voice of their shepherd. They stay close to him. Do you listen to Jehovah? Do you stay close to him? Then you never
need to be afraid. Jehovah will be with you.
Jehovah lovingly cares for those who serve him. Lets read together
what the Bible says about this, at Psalm 37:25 (36:25, Dy); 55:22 (54:23,
Dy); and Luke 12:29-31.

Like a shepherd protecting his sheep, who


can help us when we are in trouble?

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EHOVAH sometimes does things in a wonderful way to


protect those who are young and who are unable to protect
themselves. If you go walking in the country, you may see
one way that Jehovah does this. But at rst you may not really
understand what is happening.
You see a bird land on the ground near you. It seems to be
hurt. It drags one of its wings and moves away when you try to
approach it. As you follow the bird, it keeps just ahead of you.
Then, suddenly, the bird ies away. Its wing was not hurt at
all! Do you know what the bird was doing?
Well, close to where the bird landed near you, its
babies were hidden in the bushes. The mother bird
was afraid that you might nd them and hurt them.
So she pretended to be hurt and led you away. Do
you know who can protect us as a mother bird does
her babies? In the Bible, Jehovah is compared to
a bird called an eagle, which helps its little ones.
Deuteronomy 32:11, 12.

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The most precious child of Jehovah is his dear Son, Jesus.


When Jesus was in heaven, he was a powerful spirit person like
his Father. He could take care of himself. But when Jesus was
born as a baby on earth, he was helpless. He needed protection.
To fulll Gods will for him on earth, Jesus had to grow up
and become a perfect, full-grown man. Satan, however, tried to
kill Jesus before that could happen. The attempts to kill Jesus
when he was a child and the ways Jehovah protected him make
an exciting story. Would you like to hear it?
A short time after Jesus is born, Satan causes what appears to
be a star to shine in the sky in the East. Men called astrologers,
who study the stars, follow the star hundreds of miles to Jerusalem. There they ask where the one to be king of the Jews is to
be born. When men who know what the Bible says about this
are asked, they answer: In Bethlehem.Matthew 2:1-6.
After the astrologers visit Jesus,
what warning does God give them
that saves Jesus?

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After Herod, the bad king in Jerusalem, hears about this new
king who has recently been born in the nearby town of Bethlehem, he tells the astrologers: Search and nd the child, and
then come back and tell me. Do you know why Herod wants to
know where to nd Jesus? It is because Herod is jealous and
wants to kill him!
How does God protect his Son? Well, when the astrologers
nd Jesus, they give him gifts. Later God gives the astrologers
a warning in a dream not to return to Herod. So they go home
another way without returning to Jerusalem. When Herod nds
out that the astrologers have left, he is very angry. In an eort
to kill Jesus, Herod has all the boys in Bethlehem under two
years of age killed! But by then, Jesus is gone.
Do you know how Jesus escapes? After the astrologers leave
to go home, Jehovah gives a warning to Marys husband, Joseph, to get up and run far away to
Egypt. There Jesus is safe from
bad Herod. Years later, when
Mary and Joseph return
from Egypt with Jesus,
God gives another warning to Joseph. He tells him
in a dream to move to Nazareth, where Jesus will be safe.
How is young Jesus saved again?
Matthew 2:7-23.
Do you see how Jehovah
protected his Son? Who would you say is like the little birds
hidden by their mother in the bushes or like Jesus when he was
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a small child? Arent you like them? There are those who
want to hurt you too. Do you know who?
The Bible says that Satan is like a roaring lion who wants to
eat us. And just as lions often pick on small animals, Satan and
his demons often pick on children. (1 Peter 5:8) But Jehovah is
stronger than Satan. Jehovah can protect his children or undo
anything bad that Satan does to them.
Do you remember from Chapter 10 of this book what the
Devil and his demons try to get us to do? Yes, they try to get
us to have the kind of sex relations that God says is wrong.
But who only should have sex relations? Yes, two grown
people of the opposite sex who are married to each other.
However, sad to say, some grown-ups like to have sex with
children. When they do, boys and girls may begin to do bad
things that they have learned from these grown-ups. They also
begin to use their sex organs in a wrong way. That is what happened a long time ago in the city of Sodom. The Bible says that
people there, from boy to old man, tried to have sex with men
who had come to visit Lot.Genesis 19:4, 5.
So just as Jesus needed protection, you also need to be protected from grown-upsand even from other childrenwho may
try to have sex with you. Usually, these people will pretend to be
your friends. They may even oer you something if you will
promise not to tell others about what they want to do with you.
But these people are selsh, like Satan and his demons, and they
only want to get pleasure for themselves. And they try to get this
pleasure by having sex with children. This is very wrong!
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tries to touch you in a wrong way?

Do you know what they may do


to get pleasure for themselves?
Well, they may try to rub your sex
organs. Or they will even rub their
sex organs against yours. But you
should never let anybody play with
your penis or vulva. Not even your
own brother or sister or your mother or father. These parts of your body
are private.
How can you protect your body
from people who do bad things like
this? First of all, do not let anybody play with your sex organs. If
someone tries to do this, say rmly
in a loud voice: Stop that! Im going to tell on you!
And if that person says that what happened is your fault, dont
believe that. It is not true. Just go and tell on him no matter
who it is! You should do so even if he says that what you are doing together is a secret just between you and him. Even if that
person promises you nice presents or makes scary threats, you
should get away from him and tell on him anyway.
You do not have to be afraid, but you do need to be careful.
When your parents warn you about people or places that could
be a danger to you, you need to listen to them. If you do, you
take away a bad persons chance to hurt you.
Read about protecting yourself from wrong sex acts, at Genesis 39:7-12;
Proverbs 4:14-16; 14:15, 16; 1 Corinthians 6:18; and 2 Peter 2:14.
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JESUS CAN PROTECT US

HEN Jesus grew older and learned how he had been


protected when he was little, do you think that he
prayed to Jehovah and thanked him? What do
you think Jesus may later have told Mary and Joseph
when he learned that they had saved his life by taking
him to Egypt?
Of course, Jesus is not a baby anymore. He
isnt even living on earth as he once did. But
have you noticed that now some people seem
to think of Jesus only as a baby in a manger? This is true at Christmastime when
in many places pictures are seen of Jesus as a
baby.
Even though Jesus is no longer living
on earth, do you believe he is alive?
Yes, he was raised from the dead, and
he is now a powerful King in heaven.
What do you think he can do to protect those who serve him? Well, when
Jesus was on earth, he showed how he
could protect those who loved him. Lets
see how he did that one day when he
was out in a boat with his disciples.
How do you view Jesusas a powerful
King or a helpless baby?
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It is late in the afternoon. Jesus has been teaching all day by


the Sea of Galilee, which is a large lake about 13 miles long
and 7.5 miles wide. Now he says to his disciples: Let us cross to
the other side of the lake. So they set out in a boat and start to
sail across the lake. Jesus is very tired, so he goes to the back of
the boat and lies down on a pillow. Soon he is fast asleep.
The disciples stay awake to keep the boat on its course. Everything is all right for a while, but then a strong wind springs up.
It blows harder and harder, and the waves keep getting bigger.
The waves begin splashing into the boat, and the boat starts
to ll up with water.
The disciples are afraid that they are going to
sink. But Jesus is not afraid. He is still asleep
in the back of the boat. Finally, the disciples wake him, and say: Teacher, Teacher,
save us; we are about to die in this
storm. At that, Jesus gets up
and speaks to the wind and
the waves. Hush! Be quiet!
he says.
What is Jesus saying to
the wind and the waves?

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Right away the wind stops blowing, and the lake becomes
calm. The disciples are amazed. They have never seen anything
like it before. They begin saying to one another: Who really
is this, for he orders even the winds and the water, and they
obey him?Luke 8:22-25; Mark 4:35-41.
Do you know who Jesus is? Do you know where he gets his
great power? The disciples should not have been afraid when
Jesus was there with them, for Jesus was no ordinary man. He
could do wonderful things that no other person could
do. Let me tell you about something else that
he once did on a stormy sea.

Why did Jesus perform miracles?

It is sometime later, on another day. When it becomes evening, Jesus tells his disciples to board a boat and go ahead of
him to the other side of the sea. Then Jesus goes up into the
mountain by himself. It is a quiet place where he can pray to his
Father, Jehovah God.
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The disciples get into the boat and start to sail across the sea.
But soon a wind begins to blow. It blows harder and harder.
It is now nighttime. The men take down the sail and begin to
row. But they are not getting very far because the strong wind
is blowing against them. The boat is rocking back and forth in
the high waves, and water is splashing in. The men work hard
trying to reach shore, but they cannot.
Jesus is still alone in the mountain. He has been there a long
time. But now he can see that his disciples are in danger in the
high waves. So he comes down from the mountain to the edge
of the sea. Jesus wants to help his disciples, so he starts walking
toward them over the stormy sea!
What would happen if you tried to walk on water? You
would sink, and you might drown. But Jesus is dierent. He has
special power. Jesus has a long walk to reach the boat. So it is
about dawn when the disciples see Jesus coming toward them
over the water. But they cant believe what they see. They are
very frightened, and they cry out in their fear. Then Jesus speaks
to them: Take courage, it is I; have no fear.
As soon as Jesus gets up into the boat, the storm stops. The
disciples are again amazed. They fall down before Jesus and say:
You are really Gods Son.Matthew 14:22-33; John 6:16-21.
Wouldnt it have been wonderful to live back then and to see
Jesus do things like that? Do you know why Jesus did those
miraculous things? He did those things because he loved his
disciples and wanted to help them. But he also did those things
to show the great power that he had and would use in the future
as the Ruler of Gods Kingdom.
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Even today Jesus often uses


his power to protect his followers from Satans eorts to
stop them from telling others
about Gods Kingdom. But Jesus does not use his power
to protect his disciples from
getting sick or to cure them
when they are sick. Even all
of Jesus apostles eventually
died. Johns brother James
was murdered, and John
himself was put in prison.
Acts 12:2; Revelation
1:9.
It is similar today. Whether people serve Jehovah or
not, they all can get sick and
die. But soon, during the rule
of Jesus as King of Gods government, things will be different. No one then will ever
have to be afraid, because
Jesus will use his power for
the blessing of all who obey
him.Isaiah 9:6, 7.

How does Jesus protect his


followers today?

Other texts that show the great power of Jesus, the one whom God makes
Ruler in the Kingdom of God, are Daniel 7:13, 14; Matthew 28:18; and
Ephesians 1:20-22.
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WHAT WILL HAPPEN


IF WE DIE?

S YOU may well know, people today grow old, get sick,
and die. Even some children die. Should you be afraid
of death or of anybody who has died? Do you know
what happens if we die?
Well, nobody living today has been dead and come back to
life to tell us about it. But when Jesus, the Great Teacher, was on
earth, there was such a man. We can learn about what happens
to those who die by reading about him. The man was a friend
of Jesus and lived in Bethany, a small town not far from Jerusalem. His name was Lazarus, and he had two sisters, named
Martha and Mary. Lets see what the Bible says happened.
One day Lazarus gets very sick. At the time, Jesus is far
away. So Martha and Mary send a messenger to tell Jesus that
their brother, Lazarus, is sick. They do this because they know
that Jesus can come and make their brother well. Jesus is not
a doctor, but he has power from God so that he can cure every
kind of sickness.Matthew 15:30, 31.
Before Jesus goes to see Lazarus, however, Lazarus gets so sick
that he dies. But Jesus tells his disciples that Lazarus is sleeping
and that He will go to wake him up. The disciples do not
understand what Jesus means. So Jesus says plainly: Lazarus
has died. What does this show about death? Yes, that it is
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like a deep sleep. It is a sleep so deep that the person does not
even dream.
Jesus is now coming to visit Martha and Mary. Many friends
of the family have already arrived. They have come to comfort
the sisters because their brother has died. When Martha hears
that Jesus is coming, she goes to meet him. Soon Mary also goes
out to see Jesus. She is very sad and is crying, and she falls at his
feet. Other friends who have followed Mary are also crying.
The Great Teacher asks where they have put Lazarus. At that,
the people lead Jesus to the cave where Lazarus has been buried.
When Jesus sees all the people crying, he starts to cry too.
He knows how painful it is to lose a loved one in death.
A stone is in front of the cave, so Jesus says: Take the stone
away. Should they do it? Martha does not think it is a good
idea. She says: Lord, by now he must smell, for it is four days.
But Jesus says to her: Did I not tell you that if you would
believe you would see the glory of God? Jesus means that
Martha would see something that would bring honor to God.
What is Jesus going to do? When the stone is removed, Jesus
prays out loud to Jehovah. Then Jesus says in a loud voice:
Lazarus, come on out! Would he come out? Could he?
Well, can you wake up somebody who is sleeping? Yes,
if you call in a loud voice, he will wake up. But can you wake
up someone who is sleeping in death? No. No matter how
loud you call, the one who is dead will not hear. There is nothing that you or I or any other person on earth today can do to
wake the dead.
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But Jesus is dierent. He has special power from


God. So when Jesus calls Lazarus, an amazing
thing happens. The man who has been dead for
four days comes out of the cave! He is brought
back to life! He can breathe and walk and
speak again! Yes, Jesus raises Lazarus from
the dead.John 11:1-44.
What has Jesus done for Lazarus?

Now think about it: What happened to Lazarus when he


died? Did some part of hima soul or a spiritleave his body
and go to live somewhere else? Did Lazarus soul go to heaven?
Was he alive for four days up there with God and the holy
angels?
No, he wasnt. Remember, Jesus said Lazarus was sleeping.
What is it like when you are asleep? When you are in a very
deep sleep, you do not know what is going on around you,
do you? And when you wake up, you do not know how long
you have been sleeping until you look at a clock.
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What was the condition of Lazarus


when he was dead?

It is like that with dead people. They do not know anything.


They do not feel anything. And they cannot do anything. That
is the way it was with Lazarus when he was dead. Death is like a
deep sleep where a person doesnt remember anything. The
Bible says: As for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at
all.Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10.
Think about this too: If Lazarus had been in heaven for those
four days, would he not have said something about it? And if
he had been in heaven, would Jesus have made him come back
to earth from that wonderful place? Of course not!
Yet, many people say that we have a soul, and they say that
the soul lives on after the body dies. They say that Lazarus soul
was alive somewhere. But the Bible does not say that. It says that
God made the rst man Adam a living soul. Adam was a soul.
The Bible also says that when Adam sinned, he died. He became
a dead soul, and he returned to the dust from which he had
been made. The Bible also says that all Adams ospring inherited sin and death too.Genesis 2:7; 3:17-19; Numbers 6:6;
Romans 5:12.
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Clearly, then, we do not have a soul that is separate from our


body. Each one of us is a soul. And since people have inherited
sin from the rst man, Adam, the Bible says: The soul that sins
will die.Ezekiel 18:4.
Some people are afraid of the dead. They wont go near
a graveyard because they think that the dead have souls
separate from their body that could harm the living.
But can a dead person harm someone who is alive?
No, he cant.
Some people even believe that the dead can
come back as spirits to visit the living. So they set
out food for the dead. But people who do that do
not really believe what God says about the dead.
If we believe what God says, we wont be afraid
of the dead. And if we are really thankful to
God for life, we will show it by doing
things that God approves.
But you may wonder: Will God
bring children who have died back
to life? Does he really want to?
Lets talk about that next.
Lets read further in the Bible
about the condition of the dead and
about man being a soul, at Psalm
115:17 (113:17, Dy); 146:3, 4
(145:3, 4, Dy); and Jeremiah
2:34.
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FROM DEATH!

F WE die, will God want to resurrect us, that is, bring us


back to life? The good man Job believed that God wanted to. So when Job thought he was about to die, he said
to God: You will call, and I myself shall answer you. Job said
that Jehovah God would yearn, or want very much, to resurrect him.Job 14:14, 15.
Jesus is just like Jehovah God, his Father. Jesus
wants to help us. When a man sick with leprosy said
to him, if you just want to, you can make me clean,
Jesus answered: I want to. And he healed the sick
man from his leprosy.Mark 1:40-42.
Jesus learned from his Father to have love for
children. On two occasions long ago, Jehovah
used his servants to resurrect
little ones. Elijah begged
Jehovah to resurrect the
son of a woman who had
been nice to Elijah. And
Jehovah did it. Jehovah
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also used his servant Elisha to resurrect a small boy.1 Kings


17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:32-37.
Isnt it wonderful to know that Jehovah loves us so much?
He doesnt think of us just when we are alive. He also remembers us if we should die. Jesus said that the Father even
considers dead ones whom he loves to be alive! (Luke 20:38)
The Bible says that neither death nor life nor things here nor
things to come will be able to separate us from Gods love.
Romans 8:38, 39.
When Jesus was on earth, he showed that Jehovah cares for
little children. You will remember that Jesus took time to talk
to children about God. But did you know that God gave Jesus
the power to bring young ones back from the dead? Lets talk
about the time Jesus resurrected the 12-year-old daughter of a
man named Jairus.
Jairus lives with his wife and their only child near the Sea of
Galilee. One day the young girl gets very sick, and Jairus can see
that she is going to die. He begins to think about Jesus, that
wonderful man Jairus has heard about who can heal people.
So Jairus goes to look for him. He nds Jesus on the shore of the
Sea of Galilee, teaching many people.
Jairus makes his way through the crowd and falls at Jesus
feet. He says to Jesus: My little daughter is very sick. Will you
please come and help her? I beg you to come. Right away, Jesus
goes with Jairus. The crowd that has come to see the Great
Teacher also follow along. But after they go a distance, some
men come from the house of Jairus and tell him: Your daughter
died! Why bother the teacher any longer?
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Jesus overhears the men say


this. He knows how sad Jairus is to lose his only
child. So He tells him:
Do not fear. Just have
faith in God, and your
daughter will be all
right. They keep on
going until they come
to Jairus house. Here
friends of the family are crying. They are
sad because their little friend has died. But
Jesus tells them: Stop
weeping. The young
child has not died, but
she is sleeping.

What do we learn from Jesus


resurrection of Jairus daughter?

When Jesus says this, the people begin to laugh, for they
know that the girl has died. Why, then, do you think Jesus says
that she is sleeping? What lesson do you think he wants to
teach the people? He wants them to know that death can be
like a deep sleep. He wants to teach them that by means of
Gods power, he can bring a dead person back to life just as easily as we can wake a person up from sleep.
Jesus has everyone leave the house except his apostles Peter,
James, and John and the girls father and mother. Then he goes
in where the young child is. He takes her by the hand and says:
Young girl, get up! And right away she gets up and begins
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walking! Her father and mother are just lled with joy.Mark
5:21-24, 35-43; Luke 8:40-42, 49-56.
Now think about this. Since Jesus could bring that young girl
back to life, can he do the same for others? Do you think he
will really do it? Yes, he will. Jesus himself said: The hour
is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear
[my] voice and come out.John 5:28, 29.
Do you think Jesus wants to resurrect people? Another example in the Bible helps to answer that question. What happens one day near the city of Nain shows how Jesus feels about
people who are grieving at funerals.
A woman is in the funeral procession for her son as the crowd
leaves Nain. Earlier her husband died, and now her only child is
dead. How sad she is! Many of the people of Nain are following
along as her sons body is carried outside the city. The woman
is weeping, and the people can do nothing to comfort her.
On this day, Jesus and his disciples happen to be coming
toward the city of Nain. Near the city gate, they meet the crowd
going to bury the womans son. When Jesus sees the weeping
woman, he is moved with pity for her. His heart is touched
by her great sadness. He wants to help her.
So with tenderness and yet with rmness that makes her
listen, he says: Stop weeping. His manner and action cause
everyone to watch him with interest. As Jesus goes over to the
body, all must wonder what he is going to do. Jesus speaks, commanding: Young man, I say to you, Get up! Right away, he sits
up! And he starts to speak.Luke 7:11-17.
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Imagine how the woman must have felt! How would you
feel to receive a dead loved one back again? Doesnt this
show that Jesus truly loves people and wants to help them?
Just think how wonderful it will be in Gods new world to
welcome people back to life!2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:3, 4.
At that time some of those resurrected will be people we
knew before, including children. We will know who they are just
as Jairus knew his daughter when Jesus resurrected her. Others
will be people who died hundreds or thousands of years ago. But
God will not forget them just because they lived long ago.
Isnt it wonderful to know that Jehovah God and his Son,
Jesus, love us that much? They want us to live, not for just
a few years, but forever!
Concerning the Bibles wonderful hope for the dead, please read Isaiah
25:8; Acts 24:15; and 1 Corinthians 15:20-22.
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WHO WILL BE RESURRECTED?


WHERE WILL THEY LIVE?

N THE last two chapters, how many people did we read


about who were resurrected? There were ve. How many
were children? Three. And a fourth one is called a young
man. What do you think this shows?
Well, it shows that God loves young people. But he will
resurrect many others too. Will God resurrect only those who
did what is good? We might think so. Yet, many people never
learned the truth about Jehovah God and his Son. So they did
what was bad because they were taught wrong things. Do you
think that Jehovah will resurrect people like that?
The Bible says: There is going to be a resurrection of both
the righteous and the unrighteous. (Acts 24:15) Why will
those who were not righteous, or who did not do what was right,
be resurrected? It is because they never had a chance to learn
about Jehovah and what he wants people to do.
Why will God resurrect
some who did not do
what was right?

Where is the Paradise that Jesus is telling the man about?

When do you think people will be resurrected? Think back to when Lazarus died
and Jesus promised his sister Martha: Your
brother will rise. Martha replied: I know he
will rise in the resurrection on the last day.
(John 11:23, 24) What did Martha mean
when she said that Lazarus would rise on the
last day?
Well, Martha had heard about Jesus
promise: All those in the memorial tombs
will come out. (John 5:28, 29) So the
last day is when all those in Gods memory will be brought back to life. This last
day is not a 24-hour day. It will be a
thousand years long. On this day, the Bible says, God will judge the people of
the earth. The ones he judges will include those who have been resurrected.
Acts 17:31; 2 Peter 3:8.
Think about what a wonderful day this
will be! During this thousand-year-long
day, many millions of people who have
died will be brought back to life. Jesus calls
the place where they are brought back to live Paradise. Lets see
where Paradise will be and what it will be like there.
About three hours before Jesus dies on a torture stake, he
talks about Paradise to a man on a stake next to him. The
man is being put to death for crimes he has committed. But
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as this criminal watches Jesus


and hears what is said about
Him, he begins to believe in
Jesus. So the criminal says:
Remember me when you get
into your kingdom. Jesus answers: Truly I tell you today,
You will be with me in Paradise.Luke 23:42, 43.
What does Jesus mean
when he says this? Where is
Paradise? Think about it.
When we read about
Where was Paradise to beParadise, what should we
gin with? Remember, God
picture in our minds?
gave the rst man, Adam, and
his wife a paradise to live in right here on this earth. It was
called the garden of Eden. There were animals in that garden,
but they didnt hurt anyone. And there were trees with lots of
delicious fruit on them, as well as a big river. It was a wonderful
place to live!Genesis 2:8-10.
So when we read of that criminal being in Paradise, we should
picture in our minds this earth made into a beautiful place to
live. Will Jesus be right here on earth with the former criminal
in Paradise? No. Do you know why he wont be here?

It is because Jesus will be in heaven ruling as King over the


Paradise on earth. So Jesus will be with that man in the sense
that Jesus will raise him from the dead and care for his needs.
But why will Jesus let a former criminal live in Paradise?
Lets see if we can gure that out.
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Before the criminal talked to


Jesus, did he know about Gods purposes? No, he didnt. He did bad
things because he didnt know the truth
about God. In Paradise he will be taught
about Gods purposes. Then he will have the opportunity to prove that he really does love God by doing His will.
Will everyone who is resurrected
live in Paradise on earth? No, they
wont. Do you know why not? Because some will be resurrected to live
with Jesus in heaven. They will rule with him as kings over the
Paradise earth. Lets see how we know this.
Where will the resurrected
ones live, and what
will they do?

The night before Jesus dies, he tells his apostles: In the house
of my Father in heaven, there are many places to live, and I am
going my way to prepare a place for you. Then Jesus promises
them: I am coming again and will receive you home to myself,
that where I am you also may be.John 14:2, 3.

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Where does Jesus go after he is resurrected? Yes, back to


heaven to be with his Father. (John 17:4, 5) So Jesus promises
his apostles and other followers that he will resurrect them so
that they can be with him in heaven. What will they do there
with Jesus? The Bible says that his disciples who have a part
in the rst resurrection will live in heaven and rule over the
earth as kings with him for the thousand years.Revelation
5:10; 20:6; 2 Timothy 2:12.
How many will share in the rst resurrection and rule with
Jesus as kings? Jesus told his disciples: Have no fear, little
ock, because your Father has approved of giving you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32) This little ock, who are resurrected to
be with Jesus in his heavenly Kingdom, are an exact number.
The Bible shows that a hundred and forty-four thousand are
resurrected from the earth.Revelation 14:1, 3.
How many will live in Paradise on earth? The Bible does
not say. But God had told Adam and Eve while they were in the
garden of Eden to have children and ll the earth. True, they
failed to do that. But God will see to it that his purpose to have
the earth lled with good people is carried out.Genesis 1:28;
Isaiah 45:18; 55:11.
Just think how wonderful it will be to live in Paradise! The
whole earth will become like a park. It will be alive with birds
and animals and beautiful with trees and owers of every kind.
No one will have pain because he is sick, nor will anyone have to
die. Everyone will be a friend of everyone else. If we want to live
forever in Paradise, now is the time to prepare for it.
Read more about Gods purpose for the earth, at Proverbs 2:21, 22; Ecclesiastes 1:4; Isaiah 2:4; 11:6-9; 35:5, 6; and 65:21-24.
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REMEMBERING JEHOVAH
AND HIS SON

UPPOSE someone gave you a wonderful gift. How would


you feel about it? Would you just say thank you and
then forget all about the one who gave it to you? Or would
you remember him and what he did for you?
Jehovah God gave us a wonderful gift. He sent his Son to
earth to die for us. Do you know why Jesus had to die for us?
This is something very important that we should understand.
As we learned in Chapter 23, Adam sinned when he broke
Gods perfect law. And we received sin from Adam, the father
of us all. So, what do you think we need? We need, as it were,
a new father, one who lived a perfect life on earth. Who do you
think can be that father to us? Jesus can.
Jehovah sent Jesus to earth so that he could become like a father to us instead of Adam. The Bible says: The rst man
Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving
spirit. Who was the rst Adam? Yes, the one whom God
created from the dust of the earth. Who is the second Adam?
Jesus. The Bible shows this when it says: The rst man [Adam]
is out of the earth and made of dust; the second man [Jesus] is
out of heaven.1 Corinthians 15:45, 47; Genesis 2:7.
Since God took Jesus life from heaven and put it inside the
woman Mary, Jesus did not get any sin from Adam. That is why
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Jesus was a perfect man. (Luke 1:30-35) That is also why an


angel said to the shepherds when Jesus was born: There was
born to you today a Savior. (Luke 2:11) But to be our Savior,
what did the baby Jesus rst need to do? He needed to grow
up and become a full-grown man, just like Adam. Then Jesus
could become the second Adam.
Jesus, our Savior, will also become our Eternal Father. He
is called that in the Bible. (Isaiah 9:6, 7) Yes, the perfect Jesus
can become our father instead of Adam, who became imperfect
when he sinned. That way we can choose to have the second Adam as our father. Of course, Jesus himself is a Son of
Jehovah God.
By coming to know about Jesus, we can receive him as our
Savior. Do you remember what we need to be saved from?
Yes, from the sin and death that we inherited from Adam.
The perfect life as a full-grown man that Jesus sacriced, or
gave up, for us is called the ransom. Jehovah provided the
ransom so that we can have our sins taken away.
Matthew 20:28; Romans 5:8; 6:23.
Surely we dont want to forget
what God and his Son have done
for us, do we? Jesus showed his
followers a special way that can help

How were Adam and Jesus alike,


and why was it so important
that they were?

How did the lambs blood


protect the people of Israel?

us remember what he did. Lets


talk about it.
Just imagine that you are in the
upstairs room of a house in Jerusalem. It is nighttime. Jesus and
his apostles are at a table. On the
table, there are some roast lamb,
at loaves of bread, and red wine.
They are having a special meal. Do
you know why?
This meal is to remind them
of what Jehovah did hundreds of
years earlier when his people, the
Israelites, were slaves in Egypt. At
that time Jehovah told his people:
Kill a lamb for each family, and
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put its blood on the doorposts of your houses. Then he said:


Go inside your houses, and eat the lamb.
The Israelites did that. And that same night, Gods angel
passed through the land of Egypt. In most houses, the angel
killed the rstborn child. But when the angel saw the lambs
blood on the doorposts, he passed over that house. In those
houses, no children died. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, was
frightened by what Jehovahs angel had done. So Pharaoh told
the Israelites: You are free to go. Get out of Egypt! At that, they
loaded up their camels and donkeys and left.
Jehovah did not want his people to forget how he set them
free. So he said: Once a year you must eat a meal like the meal
you ate tonight. They called this special meal the Passover. Do
you know why? Because that night Gods angel passed over
the houses marked with blood.Exodus 12:1-13, 24-27, 31.
Jesus and his apostles are thinking about this when they eat
the Passover meal. Afterward, Jesus does something very important. Before he does, however, the unfaithful apostle, Judas,
is dismissed. Then Jesus picks up one of the leftover loaves of
bread, prays over it, breaks it, and passes it to his disciples.
Take, eat, he says. Then he tells them: This bread stands for
my body that I will give when I die for you.
Next Jesus picks up a cup of red wine. After another prayer
of thanks, he passes it around and says: Drink out of it, all of
you. And he tells them: This wine stands for my blood. Soon
I am going to pour out my blood to free you from your sins.
Keep doing this to remember me.Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
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Did you notice that Jesus said the disciples should keep doing
this to remember him? No longer would they have the Passover meal. Instead, once each year they would have this special meal to remember Jesus and his death. This meal is called
the Lords Evening Meal. Today we often call it the Memorial.
Why? Because it brings back to our memory what Jesus and
his Father, Jehovah God, did for us.
The bread should make us think of Jesus body. He was willing to give up that body so that we could have everlasting life.
And what about the red wine? That should remind us of the
value of Jesus blood. It is more precious than the blood of the
Passover lamb in Egypt. Do you know why? The Bible says
that Jesus blood can bring us forgiveness of sins. And when all
our sins are taken away, we will no longer get sick, grow old, and
die. We should think of that when we attend the Memorial.
Should everyone eat the bread and drink the wine at the Memorial? Well, Jesus told those who do eat and drink: You will
have part in my kingdom and sit on thrones in heaven with me.
(Luke 22:19, 20, 30) This meant that they would go to heaven
to be kings with Jesus. So only those who have the hope of ruling with Jesus in heaven should take the bread and wine.
But even those who do not eat the bread or drink the wine
should attend the Memorial. Do you know why? Because
Jesus gave his life for us too. By going to the Memorial, we show
that we have not forgotten. We remember Gods wonderful gift.
Scriptures that show the importance of Jesus ransom include 1 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Timothy 2:5, 6; and 1 Peter 1:18, 19.
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WHY WE SHOULD LOVE JESUS

MAGINE that you are in a boat that is sinking. Would you


want someone to save you? What if someone gave up his
own life to do so? Well, that is what Jesus Christ did. As
we learned in Chapter 37, he gave his life as a ransom so that
we could be saved.
Of course, Jesus does not save us from drowning. What does
he save us from? Do you remember? From the sin and death
we all got from Adam. Even though some people have done
very bad things, Jesus died for them too. Would you risk your
life to try to save people like that?
The Bible says: Hardly will anyone die for a righteous man;
indeed, for the good man, perhaps, someone even dares to die.
Yet, the Bible explains that Jesus died for ungodly men. That
includes people who do not even serve God! The Bible says
further: While we were yet sinners [still doing bad things],
Christ died for us.Romans 5:6-8.

Can you think of an apostle who had once done very bad
things? That apostle wrote: Christ Jesus came into the world
to save sinners. Of these I am foremost. The apostle who said
that was Paul. He said that he was once senseless and that he
had carried on in badness.1 Timothy 1:15; Titus 3:3.
Just think of how much love God had to send his Son to die
for people like that! Why not get your Bible and read about this
in John chapter 3, verse 16. There it says: God loved the world
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[that is, the people who live on earth] so much that he gave his
only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in
him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.
Jesus proved that he had the same love for us that his Father
had. You may remember that in Chapter 30 of this book, we
read about some things Jesus suered the night he was arrested.
He was taken to the home of High Priest Caiaphas, where He
was put on trial. False witnesses were brought in who told lies
about Jesus, and the people hit him with their sts. That was
when Peter denied knowing Jesus. Now lets pretend we are
right there and can see what else happens.
Morning comes. Jesus has been up all night. Because the
night trial was not a proper one, the priests quickly call together the Sanhedrin, or Jewish high court, and hold another trial.
Here they again accuse Jesus of crimes against God.
The priests next have Jesus bound, and they lead him to
Pilate, the Roman governor. They tell Pilate: Jesus is against the
government. He should be killed. But Pilate can see that the
priests are telling lies. So Pilate tells them: I nd nothing wrong
with this man. I will let him go. But the priests and others
shout: No! Kill him!
Later, Pilate again tries to tell the people that he is going to
let Jesus go free. But the priests get the crowds to shout: If you
let him go, you are against the government too! Kill him! The
crowds become very noisy. Do you know what Pilate does?
He gives in. First he has Jesus whipped. Then he turns him
over to soldiers to be put to death. They put a crown of
thorns on Jesus head and make fun of him by bowing down
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before him. Then they give Jesus a


big post, or stake, to carry and lead
him outside the city to a spot called
Skull Place. There they nail Jesus
hands and feet to the stake. Then
they stand it up so that Jesus is hanging on it. He is bleeding. The pain is
very great.
Jesus does not die right away. He just
hangs there on the stake. The chief priests
make fun of him. And passersby say: If
you are a son of God, come down o the
torture stake! But Jesus knows what his
Father has sent him to do. He knows that
he must give his perfect life so that we
can have the chance to get everlasting
life. Finally, about three oclock that

What things did Jesus suer when he gave his life for us?

afternoon, Jesus cries out to


his Father and dies.Matthew 26:3627:50; Mark
15:1; Luke 22:3923:46;
John 18:119:30.
How dierent Jesus was
from Adam! Adam did not
show love for God. He disobeyed God. Neither did
Adam show love for us.
Because he sinned, all
of us have been born in
What can we do
sin. But Jesus showed love
to show that we love Jesus?
for God and for us. He always
obeyed God. And he gave his life so that he could take away the
harm that Adam did to us.
Do you appreciate what a wonderful thing Jesus did?
When you pray to God, do you thank him for giving us his
Son? The apostle Paul appreciated what Christ did for him.
Paul wrote that the Son of God loved me and handed himself
over for me. (Galatians 2:20) Jesus died for you and for me too.
He gave his perfect life so that we can have everlasting life!
Surely that is a strong reason why we should love Jesus.
The apostle Paul wrote to Christians in the city of Corinth:
The love of Christ puts us into action. Into what kind of action should Christs love put us? What do you think? Notice
Pauls answer: Christ died for everyone so that they would live
for Him. They should not live to please themselves.Italics ours;
2 Corinthians 5:14, 15, New Life Version.
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Can you think of ways you can show that you are living to
please Christ? Well, one way is by telling others what you
have learned about him. Or think about this: You may be alone,
so your mother or father cannot see what you are doing, nor can
any other human see you. Will you watch TV programs or perhaps look at things on the Internet that you know would not
please Jesus? Remember, Jesus is now alive, and he can see
everything we do!
Another reason why we should love Jesus is that we want to
copy Jehovah. The Father loves me, Jesus said. Do you know
why he loves Jesus and why we should too? Because Jesus
was willing to die so that Gods will could be done. (John 10:
17) So lets do what the Bible tells us: Become imitators of
God, as beloved children, and go on walking in love, just as
the Christ also loved you and delivered himself up for you.
Ephesians 5:1, 2.
To build appreciation for Jesus and for what he did for us, please read
John 3:35; 15:9, 10; and 1 John 5:11, 12.
Who can see
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GOD REMEMBERS HIS SON

ESUS cried when his friend Lazarus died. Do you think


that Jehovah felt bad when Jesus suered and died? The
Bible says that God can feel hurt and even be pained
by things that happen.Psalm 78:40, 41; John 11:35.
Can you imagine the pain Jehovah felt as he watched his dear
Son die? Jesus was sure that God would not forget him. That
is why his last words before he died were: Father, into your
hands I entrust my [life].Luke 23:46.
Jesus was sure that he would be resurrected, that he would
not be left in hell, or the grave. After Jesus was raised up, the
apostle Peter quoted what was written in the Bible about
Jesus, saying: His soul was not left in hell, neither his esh
did see corruption. (Acts 2:31, King James Version; Psalm
16:10) No, the body of Jesus never had time to become
corrupt in the grave, that is, to decay and smell bad.
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When Jesus was on earth, he even told his disciples that he


would not be dead very long. He explained to them that he
would be killed, and on the third day be raised up. (Luke 9:22)
So, really, the disciples should not have been surprised when
Jesus was resurrected. But were they? Lets see.
It is about three oclock Friday afternoon when the Great
Teacher dies on the torture stake. Joseph, a rich member of the
Sanhedrin, is also a secret believer in Jesus. When he learns that
Jesus is dead, he goes to Pilate, the Roman governor. He asks if
he can take Jesus body down from the stake to bury it. Afterward, Joseph carries Jesus body to a garden where there is a
tomb, which is a place where dead bodies are put.
After the body is put in the tomb, a big stone is rolled in
front. So the tomb is closed. Now it is the third day, which is
Sunday. It is before sunrise, so it is still dark. Men are there
guarding the tomb. The chief priests sent them to do it. Do you
know why?
The priests too had heard that Jesus said he would be resurrected. So to keep his disciples from stealing the body and then
saying that Jesus was raised up, the priests have guards posted.
Suddenly, the ground begins to shake. In the darkness, there is
a ash of light. It is an angel of Jehovah! The soldiers are so
frightened that they cannot move. The angel goes to the tomb
and rolls the stone away. The tomb is empty!
Yes, it is as the apostle Peter later said: This Jesus God resurrected. (Acts 2:32) God made Jesus alive with a body like the
one Jesus had before he came to earth. He was resurrected with
a spirit body like the angels have. (1 Peter 3:18) So if people are
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to see Jesus, he must make himself a body of esh. Is that what


he does? Lets see.
Now the sun is coming up. The soldiers have gone away. Mary
Magdalene and other women disciples of Jesus are on their way
to the tomb. They are saying among themselves: Who will roll
that heavy stone away for us? (Mark 16:3) But when they get to
the tomb, the stone has already been rolled away. And the tomb
is empty! Jesus dead body of esh is gone! Right away, Mary
Magdalene runs o to nd some of Jesus apostles.
The other women stay by the tomb. They wonder: Where
could Jesus body be? Suddenly two men in ashing clothing
appear. They are angels! They say to the women: Why are you
looking for Jesus here? He was raised up. Go quickly and tell his
disciples. Well, you can imagine how fast the women run! On
the way, a man meets them. Do you know who he is?
It is Jesus, who has taken on a eshly body! He also says to the
women: Go and tell my disciples. The women are excited.
They nd the disciples and tell them: Jesus is alive! We saw
him! Mary has already told Peter and John about the empty
tomb. Now they visit it, as you can see here. They look at the
linen cloths Jesus was wrapped in, but they arent sure what to
think. They want to believe that Jesus is alive again, but it seems
too wonderful to be true.
Later that Sunday, Jesus appears to two of his disciples who
are walking along the road to the village of Emmaus. Jesus walks
and talks with them, but they dont recognize him because he
doesnt have the same eshly body that he had before. It is not
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ognize him. The disciples are so excited that they hurry many
miles back to Jerusalem! Perhaps it is shortly after this that Jesus
makes an appearance to Peter to show him that He is alive.
Then later that Sunday evening, many disciples are gathered
in a room. The doors are locked. Suddenly, Jesus is right there
in the room with them! Now they know that the Great Teacher
really is alive again. Imagine how happy they are!Matthew
28:1-15; Luke 24:1-49; John 19:3820:21.
For 40 days Jesus appears in dierent bodies of esh to show
his disciples that he is alive. Then he leaves the earth and goes
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back to his Father in heaven. (Acts 1:9-11) Soon the disciples


start telling everyone that God raised Jesus up from the dead.
Even when the priests beat them and have some of them
killed, they keep preaching. They know that if they
die, God will remember them just as he remembered his Son.
How dierent those early followers
of Jesus were from many people today!
These people think only about Easter
rabbits and colored Easter eggs at the
time of year when Jesus was resurrected.
But the Bible doesnt say anything about
Easter rabbits and eggs. It talks about
serving God.
We can be like Jesus disciples by
telling people that God did a wonderful thing when he resurrected his
Son. We never need to be afraid,
even if people say they will kill us.
If we should die, Jehovah will remember us and resurrect us,
just as he did Jesus.
At the time of year Jesus
was resurrected, what do
many think about? But
what do you think about?

Arent we glad to know that God remembers those who serve


him and will even resurrect them from the dead? Knowing
these things should cause us to want to know how we can make
God happy. Did you know that we really can? Lets talk about
this next.
Belief in Jesus resurrection should make our hope rm and our faith
strong. Please read Acts 2:22-36; 4:18-20; and 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 20-23.
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HOW TO MAKE GOD HAPPY

HAT can we do to make God happy? Can we give


him anything? Jehovah says: To me belongs every
wild animal of the forest. He also says: The silver
is mine, and the gold is mine. (Psalm 24:1; 50:10; Haggai 2:8)
Yet, there is something we can give to God. What is it?
Jehovah allows us to choose whether we will serve him or
not. He does not force us to do what he wants us to do. Lets try
to gure out why God made us so that we can choose whether
we will serve him or not.
You may know what a robot is. It is a machine that is made so
that it will do whatever its maker wants it to do. So the robot has
no choice. Jehovah could have made us all to be like robots. He
could have made us so that we could do only what he wanted us
to do. But God didnt do that. Do you know why? Well, some
toys are robots. When a button is pressed, they do just what the
maker of the toy designed them to do. Have you ever seen a toy
like that? Often people get tired of
playing with a toy that does only what
it has been made, or programmed, to do.
God doesnt want us to obey
him because we are robots

Why didnt God make us


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that are programmed to serve him. Jehovah wants us to serve


him because we love him and because we want to obey him.
How do you think our heavenly Father feels when we obey
him because we want to? Well, tell
me, how does the way you behave affect your parents? The Bible says
that a wise son makes [his] father rejoice but that a foolish
son is the grief of his mother. (Proverbs 10:1) Have you
noticed that when you do what
your mother and father ask you
to do, it makes them happy?
But how do they feel when you
disobey them?
Now lets think of our heavenly Father, Jehovah. He tells us how we can
make him happy. Why not get your
Bible and open it to Proverbs 27:11.
How can you make
There God is speaking to us: Be wise,
both Jehovah and
my son [or, we might also say, my
your parents happy?
daughter], and make my heart rejoice,
that I may make a reply to him that is taunting me. Do you
know what it means to taunt someone? Well, a person may
taunt you by laughing at you and saying that you are not
able to do what you said you could do. How does Satan taunt
Jehovah? Lets see.
Remember, we learned in Chapter 8 of this book that Satan
wants to be Number One and that he wants everyone to obey
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him. Satan says that people worship Jehovah only because Jehovah will give them everlasting life if they do.
After Satan got Adam and Eve to disobey Jehovah, Satan
challenged God. He told God: People serve you only for
what they get from you. Just give me the chance, and I can
turn anybody away from you.
Now its true, those exact words are not found in the Bible.
But when we read about the man Job, it becomes clear that
Satan said something like that to God. It really did matter,
both to Satan and to Jehovah, whether Job was faithful to God
or not. Lets open our Bibles to Job chapters 1 and 2 to see
what happened.
Notice in Job chapter 1 that Satan is right there in heaven
when the angels come to see Jehovah. So Jehovah asks Satan:
Where do you come from? Satan answers that he has
been looking around the earth. So Jehovah asks: Have
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you noticed Job, that he serves me and does nothing


bad?Job 1:6-8.
Right away Satan makes excuses. Job only worships
you because he doesnt have any troubles. If you take
your protection and blessing away from him, he will
curse you to your face. So Jehovah answers: All right,
Satan, you can do anything you want to him, but dont hurt
Job himself.Job 1:9-12.
What does Satan do? He has people steal Jobs cattle
and donkeys and kill those taking care of them. Then lightning strikes, destroying the sheep and their caretakers. Later, people come and steal the camels and kill those looking
after them. Finally, Satan causes a windstorm that knocks
down the house where Jobs ten children are, and all
of them are killed. Despite all of this, Job
still serves Jehovah.Job 1:13-22.
When Jehovah sees Satan again, Jehovah points out that Job is still faithful. Satan makes excuses, saying: If you
just let me hurt his body, he will curse
you to your face. So Jehovah lets Satan
hurt Jobs body but warns him not to
kill Job.
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Satan strikes Job so that his whole body breaks out with
sores. These smell so bad that nobody wants to be near him.
Even Jobs wife tells him: Curse God and die! Those who pretend to be Jobs friends come to visit and make him feel worse
by saying that he must have done terrible things to have all
this trouble. Despite all the trouble and pain Satan causes Job,
however, Job keeps on serving Jehovah faithfully.Job 2:1-13;
7:5; 19:13-20.
How do you think Jobs faithfulness made Jehovah feel?
It made him happy because Jehovah could tell Satan: Look at
Job! He serves me because he wants to. Will you be like Job,
a person Jehovah can point to as an example that proves Satan
a liar? Really, it is a privilege to provide an answer to Satans
claim that he can turn anyone away from serving Jehovah. Jesus
certainly considered it a privilege.
The Great Teacher never allowed Satan to get Him to do anything wrong. Just think how his example made his Father happy! Jehovah could point to Jesus and reply to Satan: Look at my
Son! He has kept perfect faithfulness to me because he loves
me! Think, too, what joy Jesus has in making his Fathers heart
glad. Because of that joy, Jesus even endured death on a torture
stake.Hebrews 12:2.
Do you want to be like our Great Teacher and make Jehovah
happy? Then keep on learning about what Jehovah wants you
to do, and make him happy by doing it!
Read what Jesus did to make God happy and what we need to do as well,
at Proverbs 23:22-25; John 5:30; 6:38; 8:28; and 2 John 4.
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CHILDREN WHO
MAKE GOD HAPPY

HAT child on earth do you think made Jehovah the


happiest? It was his Son, Jesus. Lets talk about
things Jesus did to make his heavenly Father happy.

Jesus family lived about a three-day journey from Jerusalem,


where the beautiful temple of Jehovah was located. Jesus called
the temple the house of my Father. He and his family went
there every year to attend the Passover.
One year, when Jesus was 12, his family began the return trip
after the Passover. It was not until they stopped for the night
that they noticed that Jesus was nowhere to be found among
their relatives and friends. So right away Mary and Joseph
went back to Jerusalem to nd Jesus. Where do you suppose
he was?
They found Jesus in the temple. He was listening to the
teachers, and he was asking them questions. And when they
asked him something, he would answer. They were amazed at
the ne answers he gave. Can you see why God was happy with
his Son?
Of course, when Mary and Joseph nally found Jesus, they
felt much better. But Jesus had not been worried. He knew that
the temple was a good place to be. So he asked: Did you not
know that I must be in the house of my Father? He knew that
the temple was Gods house, and he loved to be there.
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Afterward, Mary and Joseph took 12-year-old Jesus back


home with them to Nazareth. How do you think Jesus
treated his parents? Well, the Bible says that he continued subject to them. What do you think that means?
It means that he was obedient to them. Yes, he did what
his parents asked him to do, even if this was something like bringing water from the well.Luke
2:41-52.
So think about this: Even though Jesus was
perfect, he obeyed his imperfect parents. Did this
make God happy? It certainly did, for Gods
Word tells children: Be obedient to your parents. (Ephesians 6:1) You too will make God
happy if you obey your parents, as Jesus did.
Another way you can make God happy is by
telling others about him. Now some people may say that this is not what young
people should be doing. But when people tried to stop young boys from
doing this, Jesus said: Did
you never read in the

How did the child Jesus


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Scriptures, Out of the mouths of little children God will bring


forth praise? (Matthew 21:16) So we can all tell others about
Jehovah and about what a wonderful God he is, if we really
want to. And if we do, we will make God happy.
Where do we learn things about God that we can talk to
others about? From our Bible study at home. But we learn
more at the place where Gods people meet to study. But how
can we tell who are his people?
Well, what do the people do at their meetings? Do they really
teach what is in the Bible? Do they read it and discuss it? That is
how we listen to God, isnt it? And at Christian meetings we
would expect to hear what God says, wouldnt we? But what
if people say that you do not have to live the way the Bible says?
Would you say that they are Gods people?
Here is something else to think about. The Bible says that
Gods people would be a people for his name. (Acts 15:14)
Since Gods name is Jehovah, we can ask people if Jehovah is
their God. If they say no, then we know that they are not his
people. Gods people would also be talking to others about
Gods Kingdom. And they would show their love for God
by keeping his commandments.1 John 5:3.
If you know people who do all those things, then you should
meet with them for worship. You should listen carefully at
these meetings and then give answers when questions are asked.
That is what Jesus did when he was in Gods house. And if you
do those things, you will make God happy, just as Jesus did.
Can you think of other children mentioned in the Bible
who made God happy? Timothy is an outstanding exam214

Although his father was not a believer,


what did Timothy want to do?

ple. His father was not a believer in Jehovah. But his mother,
Eunice, was, and so was his grandmother Lois. Timothy listened
to them and learned about Jehovah.
When Timothy had grown older, the apostle Paul visited the
town where he lived. He noticed how much Timothy wanted to
serve Jehovah. So he invited Timothy to come with him to serve
God in an even bigger way. Everywhere they traveled, they told
people about the Kingdom of God and about Jesus.Acts 16:
1-5; 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14, 15.
But are the examples in the Bible of only young boys who
made God happy? Not at all. Consider a young Israelite girl who did. When she was living, the nation of Syria
and the nation of Israel were enemies. One day the Syrians
fought against Israel and took that young girl captive. She was
sent to the house of the army chief, who was called Naaman.
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How did this Israelite girl make God happy?

There she came to be the servant of


Naamans wife.
Now Naaman had a sickness
called leprosy. None of the doctors had been able to help him.
But the young girl from Israel
believed that one of Gods special servants, a prophet, could
help Naaman. Of course, Naaman and his wife did not worship Jehovah. Should the young
girl tell them what she knew?
What would you have done?
Well, the little girl said: If only Naaman would go to Jehovahs prophet in
Israel, in that case, Naaman would be healed
from his leprosy. Naaman listened to the girl, and he went to
Jehovahs prophet. When he did what the prophet told him to
do, he was healed. This caused Naaman to become a worshiper
of the true God.2 Kings 5:1-15.
Would you like to help someone to learn about Jehovah and
about what he can do, as that young girl did? Who is there
that you could help? Of course, at rst they might not think
that they need help. But you could talk to them about the good
things that Jehovah does. And they might listen. You can be
sure that this will make God happy.
Further encouragement for young folks to take pleasure in serving God can
be found at Psalm 122:1 (121:1, Dy); 148:12, 13; Ecclesiastes 12:1; 1 Timothy 4:12; and Hebrews 10:23-25.
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WHY WE NEED TO WORK

HAT do you like best, to work or to play? Really, there is nothing wrong with playing. The Bible
speaks of Jerusalem being lled with boys and girls
playing in her public squares.Zechariah 8:5.
The Great Teacher enjoyed watching children at play. Before
he came to earth, he said: I came to be beside [God] as a master
worker . . . being glad before him all the time. Notice that
Jesus was a worker with Jehovah in heaven. And when he was
there, he said: The things I was fond of were with the sons of
men. Yes, as we have learned before, the Great Teacher had
a real interest in everyone, including young ones.
Proverbs 8:30, 31.
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Do you think Jesus played when he was a


child? He probably did. But since he had
been a master worker in heaven, did he also
work on earth? Well, Jesus was called the
carpenters son. But he was also called the
carpenter. What does this show? Joseph,
who raised Jesus as his son, must have
taught him. So Jesus also became a carpenter.Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3.
What kind of carpenter was Jesus?
Since he was a master worker in heaven,
dont you think he became a master carpenter on earth? Consider what hard work it
was to be a carpenter at that time. Jesus
probably had to go out and cut down
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a tree, cut the tree into pieces, carry the wood home, and then
shape the wood to make it into tables, benches, and other things.
Do you think this work brought Jesus pleasure? Would you
be happy if you could make ne tables and chairs and other
things for people to use? The Bible says it is good for one to
rejoice in his works. Work gives a kind of pleasure that you
cannot get from play.Ecclesiastes 3:22.
Really, work is good for both our minds and our bodies.
Many children just sit and watch TV or play video games. They
become overweight and weak, and theyre really not happy.
And they dont make others happy either. What do we need
to do to be happy?
We learned in Chapter 17 of this book that giving and doing
things to help others bring happiness. (Acts 20:35) The Bible
calls Jehovah the happy God. (1 Timothy 1:11) And, as we
read in Proverbs, Jesus was glad before him all the time. Why
was Jesus happy? Well, he gave one of the reasons when
he said: My Father has kept working until now, and I keep
working.John 5:17.
When Jesus was on earth, he did not work as a carpenter all
his life. Jehovah God had special work for him to do on earth.
Do you know what it was? Jesus said: I must declare the good
news of the kingdom of God, because for this I was sent forth.
(Luke 4:43) Sometimes when Jesus preached to people, they believed him and told others the things he had said, as the Samaritan woman you see here did.John 4:7-15, 27-30.
How did Jesus feel about doing this work? Do you think that
he wanted to do it? Jesus said: My food is for me to do the
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will of him that sent me and to nish his work. (John 4:34)
How much do you like to eat your favorite food? This gives
you an idea of how much Jesus liked the work that God gave
him to do.
God made us so that learning to work helps to make us
happy. He says that His gift to man is that he should rejoice in
his hard work. So if you learn to work when you are young,
your whole life will be more enjoyable.Ecclesiastes 5:19.
That does not mean that a young child can do the work of an
older person, but we can all do some work. Your parents may go
out to work day after day to earn money so that your family has
food to eat and a home to live in. And as you should know,
there is much work that needs to be done around the home to
keep it neat and clean.
What work is there that you can do that will be a blessing to
the whole family? You can help set the table, wash the dishes,
take out the garbage, clean your room, and pick up your toys.
Perhaps you already do some of those things. That work really
is a blessing to the family.
Lets see how work like that is a blessing. Toys are to be put
away after you play. Why would you say that this is important? It helps to keep the house neat, and it can also prevent
accidents. If you dont pick up your toys, your mother may come
along someday with her arms full and step on one of them.
She may trip and fall and hurt herself. She may even have to go
to the hospital. Wouldnt that be terrible? So when you put
away your toys after you play, that is a blessing to all.
There is other work that children have too. For example,
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schoolwork. At school you learn how to read. Some children


nd reading to be fun, but others say it is hard. Even if it seems
hard at rst, you will be glad if you learn to read well. When
you know how to read, there are many interesting things that
you can learn. You will even be able to read for yourself Gods
own book, the Bible. So when you do your schoolwork well,
it is really a blessing, isnt it?
There are some people who try to avoid work. Maybe you
know someone who does that. But since God made us to work,
we need to learn how to enjoy it. How much did the Great
Teacher enjoy his work? It was like eating his favorite food.
And what work was he talking about? Telling
others about Jehovah God and how
they can receive everlasting life.
So here is something that can
help us enjoy work. Ask yourself,
Why does this work need to be
done? When you know why something is important, it is easier to
do. And whether the work is big
or little, do a good job. If you do,
you can rejoice in the work of your
hands, just as our Great Teacher
did.
The Bible can help a person to become a
good worker. Read what it says at Proverbs 10:4; 22:29; Ecclesiastes 3:12, 13;
and Colossians 3:23.
Why is it important to put your toys
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WHO ARE OUR BROTHERS


AND SISTERS?

NCE the Great Teacher asked a surprising question. It


was: Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?
(Matthew 12:48) Could you answer that question?
You probably know that the mother of Jesus was named Mary.
But do you know the names of his brothers? Did he have sisters too?
The Bible says that Jesus brothers were named James and Joseph and Simon and Judas. And Jesus had sisters who were alive
when he was preaching. Since Jesus was the rstborn, these were
all younger than he was.Matthew 13:55, 56; Luke 1:34, 35.
Were Jesus brothers also his disciples? The Bible says that
at rst they were not exercising faith in him. (John 7:5) Later,
however, James and Judas (also called Jude) became his disciples, and they even wrote books of the Bible. Do you know
which books they wrote? Yes, James and Jude.
Although Jesus sisters are not named in the Bible, we know
that he had at least two. However, there could have been more.
Did these sisters become his followers? The Bible doesnt
say, so we dont know. But do you know why Jesus asked the
question, Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?
Lets nd out.
Jesus had been teaching his disciples when someone interrupted him to say: Your mother and your brothers are standing
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outside, seeking to speak to you. So Jesus used the opportunity


to teach an important lesson by asking that surprising question:
Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? He extended his hand toward his disciples and answered it, exclaiming:
Look! My mother and my brothers!
Then Jesus explained what he meant, saying: Whoever does
the will of my Father who is in heaven, the same is my brother,
and sister, and mother. (Matthew 12:47-50) This shows how
close Jesus felt to his disciples. He was teaching us that his
disciples were like real brothers, sisters, and mothers to him.
At that time Jesus own brothersJames, Joseph, Simon, and
Judasdid not believe that Jesus was Gods Son. They must not
have believed what the angel Gabriel had told their mother.
(Luke 1:30-33) So they may have been
mean to Jesus. Anyone who acts like
that is not being a real brother or
Who did Jesus explain were his
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sister. Do you know of anyone who has been mean to his


brother or sister?
The Bible tells about Esau and Jacob and how Esau became
so angry that he said: I am going to kill Jacob my brother. Their mother, Rebekah, was so afraid that she had Jacob
sent away so that Esau could not kill him. (Genesis 27:41-46)
However, many years later Esau changed, and he hugged and
kissed Jacob.Genesis 33:4.
In time, Jacob had 12 sons. But the older sons of Jacob didnt love their younger
brother Joseph. They were jealous of him
because he was the favorite son of their father. So they sold him to slave traders
who were on their way to Egypt. Then
they told their father that Joseph
had been killed by a wild beast.
(Genesis 37:23-36) Wasnt that terrible?
Later Josephs brothers were sorry for what they had done. So Joseph forgave them. Can you see how
Joseph was like Jesus? Jesus own
What lesson should we learn
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apostles ran away when he was in trouble, and Peter even denied
knowing him. Yet, like Joseph, Jesus forgave them all.
Then there are the two brothers Cain and Abel. We can learn
a lesson from them too. God saw in Cains heart that he did not
really love his brother. So God told Cain that he should change
his ways. If Cain had really loved God, he would have paid attention. But he did not love God. One day Cain said to Abel:
Let us go over into the eld. Abel went along with Cain.
While they were there in the eld alone, Cain hit his brother
so hard that he killed him.Genesis 4:2-8.
The Bible tells us that there is a special lesson we should
learn from that. Do you know what it is? This is the message
which you have heard from the beginning: We should have love
for one another; not like Cain, who came from the wicked one.
So brothers and sisters should have love for one another. They
should not be like Cain.1 John 3:11, 12.
Why would it be bad to be like Cain? Because the Bible
says that he came from the wicked one, Satan the Devil. Since
Cain acted like the Devil, it was just as if the Devil was his father.
Do you see why it is important to love your brothers and sisters? If you do not love them, whose children would you be
imitating? Children of the Devil. You wouldnt want to be
that, would you? So how can you prove that you want to be a
child of God? It is by really loving your brothers and sisters.
But what is love? Love is a deep feeling inside us that
makes us want to do good things for other people. We show that
we love others when we have a good feeling toward them and
when we do good things for them. And who are our brothers
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and sisters whom we should love? Remember, Jesus taught


that they are the ones who make up the big Christian family.
How important is it that we love these Christian brothers and
sisters? The Bible says: He who does not love his brother [or
his sister], whom he has seen, cannot be loving God, whom he
has not seen. (1 John 4:20) So we cannot love just a few in
the Christian family. We must love them all. Jesus said: By
this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love
among yourselves. (John 13:35) Do you love all the brothers
and sisters? Remember, if you dont, you cannot really be
loving God.
How can we show that we really love our brothers and sisters? Well, if we love them, we wont stay away from them
because we dont want to talk to them. We will be friendly to all
of them. We will always do good to them and be willing to
share. And if ever they are in trouble,
How can you show that
we will come to their aid because we
you love your brother?
are truly a big family.
When we really do love all
our brothers and sisters, what
does it prove? It proves
that we are disciples of Jesus,
the Great Teacher. And isnt
that what we want to be?
Showing love for our brothers
and sisters is also discussed at Galatians 6:10 and 1 John 4:8, 21. Why not
open your own Bible and read those
texts?
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OUR FRIENDS SHOULD


LOVE GOD

RIENDS are people we like to talk to and spend time


with. But it is important to have the right kind of friends.
Who do you think is the best friend we can have?
Yes, Jehovah God.
Can we really be friends of God? Well, the Bible says that
Abraham, a man who lived long ago, was Jehovahs friend.
(James 2:23) Do you know why he was? The Bible answers
that Abraham obeyed God. He obeyed even when what he was
asked to do was hard. So to be Jehovahs friend, we must do
what pleases him, just as Abraham did and just as the Great
Teacher has always done.Genesis 22:1-14; John 8:28, 29;
Hebrews 11:8, 17-19.
Why was Abraham
Jehovahs friend?

Why did Jesus often stay with this family on visits to Jerusalem?
Do you know their names?

Jesus told his apostles: You are my friends if you do what I am


commanding you. (John 15:14) Since everything that Jesus told
people came from Jehovah, Jesus was saying that his friends
were people who did what God said they should do. Yes, all his
friends loved God.
Some of the closest friends of the Great Teacher were his
apostles, whose pictures you can see on page 75 of this book.
They traveled with him and helped him do the preaching work.
Jesus spent much of his time with these men. They ate together. They talked about God together. And they did other things
together. But Jesus had many other friends. He would stay with
them, and they had good times together.
One family that Jesus liked to stay with lived in the small
town of Bethany, just outside the big city of Jerusalem. Do
you remember them? They were Mary and Martha and their
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brother, Lazarus. Jesus called Lazarus his friend. (John 11:1, 5,


11) The reason Jesus loved this family and enjoyed being with
them was that they loved Jehovah and served Him.
This does not mean that Jesus was not kind to people who
did not serve God. He was. He even went to their homes and ate
with them. This caused some to say that Jesus was a friend of
tax collectors and sinners. (Matthew 11:19) The fact is that
Jesus didnt go to the homes of these people because he liked the
way they lived. He visited them so that he could talk to them
about Jehovah. He tried to help them to change from their bad
ways and to serve God.
This happened one day in the
city of Jericho. Jesus was just
passing through on his way to Jerusalem. There was a crowd of people, and in the crowd was a man
named Zacchaeus. He wanted to
get a look at Jesus. But Zacchaeus
was short, and he could not see
because of the crowd. So he ran
ahead along the road and climbed
a tree in order to get a good
look when Jesus went by.
When Jesus came to that
tree, he looked up and said:
Hurry and get down, for
today I will come to your
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house. But Zacchaeus was


a rich man who had done
bad things. Why did Jesus
want to go to the house of
such a man?
It was not because Jesus liked the way that
man lived. He went there
to talk to Zacchaeus about
God. He saw how that
man had tried hard to see
him. So he knew that Zacchaeus would probably listen. This was a good time
to talk to him about the
way that God says people
should live.
So, what do we see happening now? Zacchaeus
likes the teachings of Jesus. He feels very sorry for having cheated people, and he is
promising to give back money that he had no right to take.
Then he becomes a follower of Jesus. Only then do Jesus and
Zacchaeus become friends.Luke 19:1-10.

Why is Jesus visiting Zacchaeus, and


what is Zacchaeus promising to do?

If we learn from the Great Teacher, will we ever visit people


who are not our friends? Yes. But we wont go to their house
because we like the way they live. And we wont do wrong
things with them. We will visit them so that we can talk to
them about God.
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But our close friends are the ones we especially like to spend
time with. To be the right kind of friends, they must be the kind
that God likes. Some may not even know who Jehovah is. But
if they want to learn about him, we can help them. And when
the time comes that they love Jehovah as we do, then we can
become close friends.
There is another way to nd out if a person would make a
good friend. Watch the things that he does. Does he do unkind
things to other people and then laugh about it? Thats not right,
is it? Is he always getting into trouble? We wouldnt want to
get into trouble with him, would we? Or does he do bad
things on purpose and then think that he is smart because he
didnt get caught? Even if that person didnt get caught, God
saw what he did, didnt He? Do you think that people who do
such things would be good friends for us to have?
Why not get your Bible? Lets see what it says about how our
companions aect our lives. The scripture is at 1 Corinthians
chapter 15, verse 33. Do you have it? It reads: Do not be
misled. Bad associations spoil useful habits. This means that if
we go with bad people, we may become bad. And it is also true
that good companions help us to form good habits.
Lets never forget that the most important Person in our life
is Jehovah. We dont want to spoil our friendship with him, do
we? So we must be careful to make friends with only those
who love God.
The importance of the right kind of companions is shown at Psalm 119:
115 (118:115, Dy); Proverbs 13:20; 2 Timothy 2:22; and 1 John 2:15.
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WHAT IS GODS KINGDOM?


HOW TO SHOW WE WANT IT

O YOU know the prayer Jesus taught his followers?


If you dont, we can read it together from the Bible,
at Matthew 6:9-13. The prayer, which many call the
Lords Prayer, includes the words: Let your kingdom come.
Do you know what Gods Kingdom is?
Well, a king is the ruler of a country or territory. And his government is called a kingdom. In some countries the head person
in the government is called the president. What is the Ruler of
Gods government called? The King. That is why Gods government is called the Kingdom.
Do you know whom Jehovah God picked to be King of His
government? His Son, Jesus Christ. Why is he better than any
ruler that men may choose? It is because Jesus really loves his
Father, Jehovah. So he always does what is right.
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Long before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Bible told


about his birth and said that he would become Gods chosen
Ruler. Lets read about this, at Isaiah 9:6, 7, from the King James
Version. It says: Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name
shall be called . . . The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his
government and peace there shall be no end.Italics ours.
Do you know why the Ruler of Gods Kingdom is here called
The Prince? Well, this prince is the son of a king. And Jesus
is the Son of the Great King, Jehovah. But Jehovah has also made
Jesus the King of His government, which will rule the earth for
a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6) After Jesus was baptized,
he began preaching and saying: Repent, you people, for the
kingdom of the heavens has drawn near. Matthew 4:17.
Why, do you think, did Jesus say that the Kingdom had come
near? Because the King, who would later rule in heaven, was
right there with them! That is why Jesus told people: The kingdom of God is in your midst. (Luke 17:21) Wouldnt you like
to have Jehovahs King so close to you that you could even
touch him?
So tell me, what important work did Jesus come to earth to
do? Jesus answered that question, saying: Also to other cities
I must declare the good news of the kingdom of God, because for
this I was sent forth. (Luke 4:43) Jesus knew that he could not
do all the preaching himself. So, what do you think he did?
Jesus took people along with him and showed them how to
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he trained were the 12 he chose as apostles. (Matthew 10:5, 7)


But did Jesus train only his apostles to do this work? No, the
Bible says that Jesus also trained many others to preach. In time,
he sent out ahead of him 70 other disciples in groups of two.
And what did they teach people? Jesus said: Go on telling
them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. (Luke
10:9) In this way the people learned about Gods government.
Long before in Israel, new kings would ride into the city on
a colt to show themselves to the people. Now this is what Jesus
does as he visits Jerusalem for the last time. You see, Jesus is
going to be the Ruler of Gods Kingdom. Do the people want
him as King?
Well, as he rides along, most of the crowd begin laying their
outer garments on the road in front of him. Others cut down
branches from the trees and put these on the road. By doing this
they show that they want Jesus to be their King. They cry out:
Blessed is the One coming as the King in Jehovahs name! But
not everyone is happy. In fact, some religious leaders even say to
Jesus, Tell your disciples to be quiet.Luke 19:28-40.
Five days later Jesus is arrested and is taken inside a palace to
appear before the governor, Pontius Pilate. Jesus enemies say
that Jesus claims to be a king and that he is against the Roman
government. So Pilate asks Jesus about this. Jesus shows that he
is not trying to take over the government. He tells Pilate: My
kingdom is no part of this world.John 18:36.
Pilate then goes outside and tells the people that he nds no
fault with Jesus. But now the people dont want Jesus to be their
King. They dont want him to be set free. (John 18:37-40) After
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thing wrong. So, nally, after bringing Jesus


outside for the last time, Pilate says: See! Why do the people
Your king! But the people shout: Take him change their minds
about wanting
away! Take him away! Impale him!
Jesus as King?
Pilate asks: Shall I impale your king?
The chief priests answer: We have no king but Caesar. Can
you imagine that? Those wicked priests have been able to turn
the people against Jesus!John 19:1-16.
Today it is very much as it was then. Most
people really dont want Jesus to be their King.
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dont want God or Christ to tell them what to do.


They want their own governments right here on earth.
What about us? When we learn about Gods Kingdom
and all the wonderful things that it will do, how does that
make us feel toward God? We love him, dont we? How,
then, can we show God that we do love him and that we want
to be ruled by his Kingdom?
We can show God how we feel by following Jesus example.
And what did Jesus do to show that he loved Jehovah? I always do the things pleasing to him, Jesus explained. (John 8:
29) Yes, Jesus came to earth to do Gods will and to nish his
work. (Hebrews 10:7; John 4:34) Consider what Jesus did before he began his preaching work.
Jesus went to John the Baptist down at the Jordan River.
After they waded into the water, John put Jesus all the way
under the water and then lifted him out again. Do you know
why John baptized Jesus?
Jesus asked John to do it. But how do we know that
God wanted Jesus to be baptized? We know that because when Jesus came
Why did Jesus get baptized,
and how did God show
that he approved?

Where can we talk to others about Gods Kingdom?

up out of the water, he heard Gods voice


from heaven say: You are my Son, the
beloved; I have approved you. God even
sent his holy spirit in the form of a dove
down upon Jesus. So by being baptized, Jesus showed that he wanted to serve Jehovah
all his life, yes, forever.Mark 1:9-11.
Now you are still growing up. But
what are you going to do later? Will
you be like Jesus and get baptized?
You should copy him, for the Bible
says he left you a model for you to
follow his steps closely. (1 Peter 2:21)
When you do get baptized, you will
be showing that you really want to be
ruled by Gods Kingdom. But it is not
enough just to be baptized.
We need to obey all the things that
Jesus taught. Jesus said that we should
be no part of the world. Would we be
obeying him if we become involved with things
of the world? Jesus and his apostles stayed away from such
things. (John 17:14) What did they do instead? They talked
to other people about Gods Kingdom. That was the big work in
their lives. Can we do that too? Yes, and we will do it if we
mean what we say when we pray for Gods Kingdom to come.
Please see these other scriptures that tell us what we can do to show that
we want Gods Kingdom to come: Matthew 6:24-33; 24:14; 1 John 2:15-17;
and 5:3.
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WATER DESTROYS A WORLD


WILL IT HAPPEN AGAIN?

AVE you ever heard anyone talk about the end of the
world? Today many do talk about it. Some people
think the world will end in a war in which men use
nuclear bombs. Do you think God will ever destroy our beautiful earth and our lovely heavens and its shining stars?
As we have learned, the Bible tells about the end of the
world. The world is passing away, the Bible says. (1 John
2:17) Do you think the end of the world will mean the
end of the earth? No, the Bible says that God made
the earth to be inhabited, yes, for people to live on it

What was the world that was


destroyed in the days of Noah?

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and to enjoy it. (Isaiah 45:18) Psalm 37:29 says: The righteous
themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever
upon it. For this reason the Bible also says that the earth will
last forever.Psalm 104:5; Ecclesiastes 1:4.
So if the end of the world does not mean the end of the
earth, what does it mean? We can nd out if we look carefully at what happened in the days of Noah. The Bible explains:
The world of that time suered destruction when it was deluged
[or, ooded] with water.2 Peter 3:6.
Did anybody live through the end of the world during that
Deluge, or great Flood, in Noahs day? The Bible says that
God kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven
others when he brought a deluge upon a world of ungodly
people.2 Peter 2:5.
So, then, what was the world that ended? Was it the earth, or
was it the bad people? The Bible says that it was the world of
ungodly people. And notice, Noah is called a preacher. What
do you think he was preaching about? Noah was warning
people about the end of the world of that time.
When Jesus spoke about the great Flood, he told his disciples
about what the people had been doing just before the end came.
This is what he said to them: In those days before the ood,
[people were] eating and drinking, men marrying and women
being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into
the ark; and they took no note until the ood came and swept them
all away. Then Jesus said that people would be acting just like
that before this world ends.Matthew 24:37-39.
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Jesus words show us that we can learn lessons from what the
people were doing before the Flood. From reading Chapter 10
of this book, do you remember what those people did? Some
men were bullies and did violent things. But many others, Jesus
said, just did not listen when God sent Noah to preach to them.
So the day came when Jehovah told Noah that He was going
to destroy the bad people by a ood. The water would cover the
whole earth, even the mountains. Jehovah told Noah to build a
big ark. It was like a big, long box, or chest, as you can see if you
turn back to the picture on page 238.
God told Noah to build the ark big enough to hold him and
his family and many of the animals safe inside of it. Noah and
his family worked very hard. They cut down large trees, and using the wood they began putting the ark together. This took
many, many years because the ark was so large.
Do you remember what else Noah was doing during all
the years that he was building the ark? He was preaching,
warning the people about the coming Flood. Did any of them
listen? None of them did except Noahs family. The rest were
just too busy doing other things. Do you remember what Jesus
said they were doing? They were busy eating and drinking
and getting married. They did not think that they were so bad,
and they did not take time to listen to Noah. So lets see what
happened to them.
After Noah and his family went inside the ark, Jehovah shut
the door. People outside still did not believe that the Flood
would come. But all of a sudden, water began to fall from
the sky! It was not just a regular rain. It was a downpour!
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Soon the water was like big rivers, making a lot of noise.
It pushed over big trees and rolled big stones as if they were
little pebbles. And what about the people outside the ark?
Jesus says: The ood came and swept them all away. All the
people outside the ark died. Why? As Jesus said, they took
no note. They did not listen!Matthew 24:39; Genesis 6:5-7.
Now, remember, Jesus said that what happened to those
people is a lesson for us today. What lesson can we learn?
Well, people were destroyed not only because they were
bad but because many were just too busy to take the
time to learn about God and about what he was
going to do. We need to be careful that we are not
like them, dont we?
Do you think that God will again destroy
the world by a ood? No, God promised
that he wouldnt. He said: My rainbow I do
give in the cloud, and it must serve as
a sign. Jehovah said that the rainbow
would be a sign that no more will the
waters become a deluge to bring all esh
to ruin.Genesis 9:11-17.
So we can be sure that God will
never again destroy the world by a
ood. Yet, as we have seen, the Bible does tell about the end of the
world. When God brings the destruction of this world, whom will
he keep alive? Will it be people
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who were so interested in other things that they never wanted


to learn about God? Will it be those who were always too busy
to study the Bible? What do you think?
We want to be among those whom God will keep alive, dont
we? Wouldnt it be wonderful if our family could be like
Noahs so that God would save all of us? If we are to survive
the end of the world, we need to understand how God will
destroy it and bring about his righteous new world. Lets see
how he does this.
The Bible gives us the answer at Daniel chapter 2, verse 44.
This scripture is speaking about our own day when it says:
In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a
kingdom [or, government] that will never be brought to ruin.
And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other
people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and
it itself will stand to times indenite.
Do you understand that? The Bible says that Gods government is going to destroy all earthly governments. Why?
Because they dont obey the One whom God has made King.
And who is that? Yes, Jesus Christ!
Jehovah God has the right to decide what kind of government should rule, and he has chosen his Son, Jesus, to be King.
Soon Gods Ruler, Jesus Christ, will take the lead in destroying
all the governments of this world. The Bible, at Revelation
chapter 19, verses 11 to 16, describes him as he does so, even as
this picture shows. In the Bible, Gods war to destroy all the governments of the world is called HarMagedon, or Armageddon.
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Now, God says that his Kingdom will


destroy the governments of men. But
does he tell us to do that? No, in the
Bible, Armageddon is called the war
of the great day of God the Almighty.
(Revelation 16:14, 16) Yes, Armageddon is
Gods war, and he uses Jesus Christ to lead
the heavenly armies in the ght. Is the war
of Armageddon near? Lets see how we
can nd out.
Lets read together about when God gets rid of
all the wicked and saves those who serve him, at
Proverbs 2:21, 22; Isaiah 26:20, 21; Jeremiah
25:31-33; and Matthew 24:21, 22.
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HOW WE CAN TELL


ARMAGEDDON IS NEAR

OU know what a sign is, dont you? In Chapter 46 we


read about the sign God gave that he would never again
destroy the world by a ood. Also, the apostles asked
for a sign so that they could know when Jesus had returned
and when the end of the world, or system of things, was near.
Matthew 24:3.
Since Jesus would be invisible in heaven, a sign that people
could see was needed to show that he had begun ruling. So Jesus
told about things his disciples should watch for here on earth.
When these things happened, it would mean
that he had returned and had begun
ruling in heaven as King.
To teach his disciples the importance of keeping on the watch,
Jesus told them: Note the g tree
and all the other trees: When

What lesson was Jesus


teaching when he talked
about the g tree?

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they are already in the bud, by observing it


you know for yourselves that now the summer
is near. You know how to tell when summer
is near. And you can tell when Armageddon is
near when you see the things happening that
Jesus spoke about.Luke 21:29, 30.
On this page and the following one, we are
going to look at pictures of things that Jesus
said would be part of the sign that the Kingdom
of God is near. When all these things occur,

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Gods Kingdom with Christ as Ruler will crush all other governments, as we read in Chapter 46.
So look carefully at the pictures on the two pages before this
one, and we will talk about them. At Matthew 24:6-14 and
Luke 21:9-11, you can read about what you see in these pictures.
Also, notice the small number on each picture. The same number is found at the beginning of the paragraph that describes
that picture. Now lets see if the many parts of the sign that
Jesus gave are being fullled today.
(1) Jesus said: You are going to hear of wars and reports of
wars; . . . nation will rise against nation and kingdom against
kingdom. Have you heard reports about wars? The rst world
war was fought from 1914 to 1918, and then there was World
War II, from 1939 to 1945. Never before had there been world
wars! Now there are wars all over the world. It seems that every
day on TV, on the radio, and in the newspaper, we hear or read
about wars.
(2) Jesus also said: There will be food shortages . . . in one
place after another. As you may know, not everyone has enough
food to eat. Every day thousands of people die because they do
not have enough food.
(3) Jesus added: In one place after another there will be pestilences. Do you know what a pestilence is? It is a sickness,
or disease, that kills many people. One great pestilence called
the Spanish u killed about 20 million people within just a year
or so. In our day more people than that will probably die from
AIDS. And there are cancer, heart disease, and other sicknesses
that kill many thousands of people every year.
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(4) Jesus gave another part of the sign, saying: There will be
. . . earthquakes in one place after another. Do you know what
an earthquake is? Earthquakes make the ground shake under
your feet. Houses fall down, and people often get killed. Since
the year 1914, there have been many earthquakes every year.
Have you heard about earthquakes?
(5) Jesus said that another part of the sign would be more
and more badness. That is why there is so much stealing and
violence. People everywhere are afraid that someone might try
to break into their homes. Never before has there been as much
crime and violence in all parts of the world as there is now.
(6) Jesus gave a very important part of the sign when he said:
This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will
come. (Matthew 24:14) If you believe this good news, then
you should talk about it to others. In that way you can share
in fullling this part of the sign.
Some people may say that the things Jesus foretold have always happened. But never before have such things all happened
in so many parts of the world and at the same time. So do you
understand what the sign means? It means that when we
see all these things happening, this wicked world will soon be
replaced by Gods new world.
When Jesus gave this sign, he also spoke of a special season of
the year. He said: Keep praying that your ight may not occur
in wintertime. (Matthew 24:20) What do you think he meant
by that?
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Well, if a person has to escape some disaster during the


winter, when the weather makes it very hard or even dangerous
to travel, what could happen? If he escaped at all, it would
be with great diculty. Wouldnt it be sad for someone to die
in a winter storm just because he was too busy doing other
things to start his journey earlier?
Do you see the point Jesus was making by talking about not
waiting until wintertime to ee? He was telling us that since
we know that Armageddon is near, we do not want to delay in
taking action to prove we love God by serving him. If we
delay, it may be too late for us. So we would be just like
those at the time of the great Flood who heard
Noah but did not get inside the ark.
Next, lets talk about what it will be like
when the great war of Armageddon is over.
We will learn what God has in store for
all of us who love and serve him now.
The following are other scriptures showing
that Armageddon is near: 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and 2 Peter 3:3, 4.
When Jesus spoke of
trying to escape during
wintertime, what lesson
was he teaching?

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GODS PEACEFUL NEW WORLD


YOU CAN LIVE THERE

OD put Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Even


though they became disobedient and died, God has
made it possible for their children, including us today,
to live forever in Paradise. The Bible promises: The righteous
themselves will possess the earth, and they will [live] forever
upon it.Psalm 37:29.
The Bible tells about a new heavens and a new earth.
(Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13) The present heavens are made up
of todays human governments, but Jesus Christ and those who
rule with him in heaven will make up the new heavens. How
wonderful it will be when this new heavens, which is Gods
righteous government of peace, rules the entire earth!
What, then, is the new earth? The new earth will be
good people who love Jehovah. You see, when the Bible speaks
of the earth, it sometimes means the people who live on
the earth, not the land itself. (Genesis 11:1; Psalm 66:4; 96:1)
So the people who make up the new earth will live right here on
this earth.
The present world of wicked people will then be gone. Remember, the Flood of Noahs day wiped out a wicked world of
people. And, as we have learned, this present wicked world will
be destroyed at Armageddon. Lets see now what it will be like
to live in Gods new world after Armageddon.
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As you read Isaiah 11:6-9 and Isaiah 65:


25, you learn about animals living in peace.
Look at these pictures. See the lamb, the
little goat, the leopard, the calf, the big lion,
and the children with them. Can you name
the other animals here that the Bible talks
about? Look at that boy playing with the
cobra! No one living in the new world needs
to be afraid. (Hosea 2:18) What do you
think about that?

Now, see the peace among people of all kinds.


They all love one another, as Jesus said his
followers would. (John 13:34, 35) Weapons of
war are being made into tools to take care
of the earth. The Bible tells about the
wonderful peace and security that people
will enjoy in Gods new world. We can
read about this in such scriptures
as Psalm 72:7; Isaiah 2:4;
32:16-18; and Ezekiel 34:25.

See the people on this page. They are caring


for the earth, making it a beautiful place.
Look at the nice house they are building and
all the good fruits and vegetables shown here.
People are at peace with the earth, so it has
become a paradise like the garden of Eden.
We can read about these wonderful things
at Psalm 67:6; 72:16; Isaiah 25:6; 65:21-24;
and Ezekiel 36:35.

As you see here, everybody is healthy and happy.


People can jump high like a deer. Nobody is lame,
blind, or sick. And see those people who have been
raised from the dead! The Bible tells about these
things at Isaiah 25:8; 33:24; 35:5, 6; Acts 24:15;
and Revelation 21:3, 4.

G O D S P EAC E F U L N EW WO R L D YOU CA N L IVE T H E RE

Do you want to live forever in Paradise in Gods peaceful new


world? No doctor can make us live forever. There is no pill
that will keep us from dying. The only way we can live forever
is by drawing close to God. And the Great Teacher tells us how
to do that.
Lets get our Bibles and open them to John chapter 17,
verse 3. Here we nd these words of the Great Teacher: This
means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only
true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.
So, what did Jesus say we need to do to live forever? First,
we must take in knowledge of our heavenly Father, Jehovah,
and also of his Son, who gave his life for us. This means that
we need to study the Bible. This book, Learn From the Great
Teacher, is helping us to do that.
But how will learning about Jehovah help us to live forever? Well, just as we need food every day, we need to learn
about Jehovah every day. The Bible says: Man must live, not on
bread alone, but on all the words that come from Jehovahs
mouth.Matthew 4:4.
We also need to take in knowledge of Jesus Christ because
God sent his Son to take away our sin. The Bible says: There
is no salvation in anyone else. And the Bible also says: He that
exercises faith in the Son has everlasting life. (Acts 4:12; John
3:36) Now, what does it mean to exercise faith in Jesus?
It means that we really believe in Jesus and know that we
cannot live forever without him. Do we believe that? If we
do, we will continue to learn from the Great Teacher every day,
and we will do what he says.
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One ne way to learn from the Great Teacher is to read this


book over and over and to look at and think about all the
pictures. See if you can answer the questions found with these
pictures. Also, read the book with your mother or father. If your
parents are not with you, read it with other grown-ups and with
other children. Wouldnt it be wonderful if you could help
others to learn from the Great Teacher what they need to do to
live forever in Gods new world?
The Bible tells us: The world is passing away. But then
the Bible explains how we can live forever in Gods new world.
It says: He that does the will of God remains forever. (1 John
2:17) So how can we live forever in Gods new world? Yes,
by taking in knowledge of Jehovah and his dear Son, Jesus.
But we also have to do, or practice, what we learn. May your
study of this book help you to do these things.

Would you welcome more information?

You may contact Jehovahs Witnesses at www.jw.org.

LEARN FROM THE GREAT TEACHER

LEARN FROM THE

Let the young children


come to me.

GREAT TEACHER

Luke 18:16.

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